Subject:Re: Chinese Silver Carriage Identification
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Apr 01, 2017
This is a Chinese palanquin, an old passenger-carrying cart commonly called a "Rickshaw" (人力車 - renliche - man-powered cart), which typically employed coolie labor to drag fares around town. The "LW" mark is that of the Shanghai Luen Wo shop (See reply to your Message Board query involving a silver matchbox cover). I believe the Chinese mark, shown upside down here, probably reads 廣昌興 (Guang Chang Xing), translatable as "Widespread Prosperity and Joy). However, the last character raises a suspicion that the mark's final character might be seen as a different and more apt form, which would make the mark read 廣昌輿 (Guang Chang Yu), meaning " Canton Prosperous Palanquin".