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Subject:Lacquerware, Foo for thought
Posted By: Endre Fri, Sep 08, 2017 IP: 2602:306:c51c:e200:f

I'm sure most have seen these boxes before. It does not say China, so I guess it's pretty old. I see them vaguely described most of the time- lacquerware nesting boxes 1920s. I am hoping that someone could enlighten me about Foochow Lacquerware in Hong Kong and in particular family owned shops. I've tried to decipher the Chinese writing on the mark and I think it says: wares lacquer Kwai Chung business import export. Please correct me, as I'm sure I don't have it completely correct. I did find a reference in a book from 1912, " the directory and chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, etc.....Hong Kong directory

Pg 1077
A. Ling & co. Furniture, foochow lacquered ware, and photo goods dealer 19 Queens road central tsang A. Ling Chang Lu Woon

Pg 1116
Long Hing & co, photographic goods dealers. 17 queens road central Kom Cheong, signs per pro. Leung Wan Hok, do.

I do not know how names work in Chinese families or if different spellings were used by those writing the directories (kind of like old US Census data spelled phonetically)

Were there a large number of Foochow exporters in Hong Kong, or did these come about from this Queens road retailer.

I may be completely off track, and may be talking about something many find irrelevant. I do however hope to hear from any of you who have an opinion or any other resolve about this box. Thank you







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Subject:Re: Lacquerware, Foo for thought
Posted By: I. Nagy Fri, Sep 08, 2017

The writting on the mark in Cantonese reads,
連興漆器 Leng Hing Cat Hei (Leng Hing Lacqerware)
or in Pinyin: Lian Xing Qi Qi
Foochow (Fuzhou) is not indicated with Chinese characters.
With regards,

Subject:Re: Lacquerware, Foo for thought
Posted By: Endre Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Thank you for your quick reply I Nagy, I really had a hard time trying to figure out the two characters on the right. As for the question of who this company was and when they operated, would you or any others be able to assist? Since the only English words on it are the Company name and Foochow, does that mean it's from before the expansion of the McKinley act? I know they had a lot of soldiers over there in the 1940s though. Its not fancy, but it does have a story, and I look forward to hear more, if anyone could expand. Thanks again


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