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Offered is a Tibetan silver alloy Chinese snuff bottle. This is a solid silver alloy, and contains quite a bit of silver. Our test indicated a silver content of at least 50%, but likely exceeds that by a good margin. These bottles were typically made with whatever silver was on hand with no assay guidelines, so silver coins, jewelry and scrap were melted down. Thus, the amount of silver in them varies. This bottle will acquire tarnish over time; we got it nearly black with tarnish and did a light polishing to bring out the beautiful detail. Pictured on the bottle are birds among peony branches. The construction of the bottle is casting and braising to join the cast pieces. It's very well made and has a nice heavy feel because of the silver content. Silver alloy reticulated top and spoon. A very pretty example! This one is about 2 3/5 inches (7cm) tall to the top of the stopper. Bottom is marked, probably the maker's mark, as it is not a reign mark or assay mark. 20th century.
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A Vintage Silver Alloy Chinese Snuff Bottle
$64 USD SOLD
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