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Subject:Chinese silver export marks
Posted By: Mike Tue, Dec 28, 2021 IP: 5.90.8.65

Hello,
Could you explain the meaning of these chinese marks? What historical period are they from?
They are placed on two silver jardiniere.
Best regards



Subject:Re: Chinese silver export marks
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Dec 29, 2021

If you flip the photo 90-degrees left, it reads in mandarin "Jinji 金記 - Gold Mark". All I can think of for KL is it could be the abbreviation for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Curently there is an apparently popular Chinese noodle shop with several branches in KL called "Jin ji hao hao shi yun tun mian jia - 金記好好食雲吞面家 - Gold Mark the Very Good & Satisfying Wonton Specialist". The 90 would be sterling silver if accurate. This Chinese name seems not to have appeared in past forum exchanges.

My best guess would be that this might be a late 19th century mark.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese silver export marks
Posted By: Mark Adams Wed, Dec 29, 2021

I believe this is the one.
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Subject:Re: Chinese silver export marks
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Dec 29, 2021

Thank you, Mark. Forgot all about Canton. My ex in Hong Kong is Cantonese. She'll be be furious if she spots this.

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese silver export marks
Posted By: Mike Thu, Dec 30, 2021

Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know chinese language, but could the first hallmark be 金証 (Jin Zhéng) instead of Jin Ji? Cause the second letter have a different style. Certainly does not coincide with the one posted by Mark (among other things in the photo the hallmark with the ideograms is different from that of the description).

Subject:Re: Chinese silver export marks
Posted By: Mike Wed, Dec 29, 2021

I contacted the owner of the website "silvercollection.it" . There is an error in his dating. The period would be the second quarter of the 20th century. The problem is that the "KL" hallmark may have belonged to Guang Li but there is a big difference in the style of the text. Another difference is the style of "90" and the first chinese mark. Online other shopping sites date the "KL" hallmark from 1890 or early XIX century. The manufacture looks like it is from the 19th century, It doesn't look like it is from the 20th century (photo attached). Other "KL" marked items for sale online are attributed to 1920's Kam Lung's workshop ... there is so much confusion. Is there a catalog about silver export hallmarks?




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