Subject:Re: Chinese tobacco box (?)
Posted By: Bill H Wed, May 08, 2019
Such made-in-China "double jewelry boxes" are currently being offered as "buy-it-now" specials on eBay in the category of vintage collectibles (1900 forward) for $9.49 each plus an additional $9.99 for shipping.
The double box I found on eBay has different floral arrangements etched into the bone sides and a Buddha depicted on its so-called "jade" top. I also found one configured as a single box on the website ancientpoint.com, which piece had a similar Chinese unicorn or qilin (erroneously called "dragon") on the stone top, with identical floral & bird etchings on its sides. The price of this box wasn't shown, but the site has a link where you can request the "value" from an appraiser. Hmm. Don't know but suspect a fee could be involved.
When you see internet offers of anything described as "Chinese Jade", keep in mind that the Chinese had already mined virtually all of their reserves of the two true jades, nephrite and jadeite, by the end of the Ming dynasty, which ended almost four centuries ago. Nowadays, Chinese jade carvers on the Mainland and Hong Kong use jadeite from Myanmar (Formerly Burma), which is quite expensive, as well as some jades from the Western Hemisphere, including Canada. But in my experience, anything being sold in quantity for less than ten US$ a pop is not true jade.
On the other hand, I'm sure your box has decorative and conversational value, so enjoy it as such.
Here are relevant links to sites mentioned above: