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by chonchon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Artists Showcase
Topic: An appealing netsuke
Replies: 10
Views: 126

Re: An appealing netsuke

Gosh, that would be fantastic. I hope you can first take a shot of all of them together! 8-)
by chonchon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Sagemono Types
Topic: pipe case addition
Replies: 140
Views: 9473

Re: pipe case addition

Piers I have a pipe with a similar little stamped square but was told it says "Jin", meaning pure silver. Are they different or two different purities? Mine is completely plain. Alan, 純銀 (Jun-gin) would be pure silver. The character you are seeing will probably be Jun (pure) or Gin (silve...
by chonchon
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Sagemono Types
Topic: pipe case addition
Replies: 140
Views: 9473

Re: pipe case addition

Today I found a silver Kiseru in an antiques fair. No great work of art, but in unusually good condition, with the word Jun 純 stamped in a square on each section. (Jun means pure, ie 999 silver. Sterling, or 925, is a western construct, but silver in Japan is traditionally of a higher purity than St...
by chonchon
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Beginning Collecting
Topic: Advice on Purchase
Replies: 51
Views: 688

Re: Advice on Purchase

Greg, it's lovely, isn't it! Natasha pops in here from time to time. There must be a link to contact her here somewhere.
by chonchon
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Junishi
Replies: 44
Views: 1109

Re: Junishi

Ajiro-gasa. Another sweet composition.
https://search.yahoo.co.jp/image/search ... C%E3%81%95
by chonchon
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Beginning Collecting
Topic: Advice on Purchase
Replies: 51
Views: 688

Re: Advice on Purchase

That should be interesting.
With Japanese swords and sword parts it has generally turned out to be that the still fledgling science tends to back up the judgment of experienced eyes in that field, rather than tipping everything on its head and proving everyone wrong.
by chonchon
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Beginning Collecting
Topic: Advice on Purchase
Replies: 51
Views: 688

Re: Advice on Purchase

What are her three sizes, Greg?
by chonchon
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Beginning Collecting
Topic: Advice on Purchase
Replies: 51
Views: 688

Re: Advice on Purchase

Do we not have an ox or a cow thread here somewhere?
by chonchon
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Artists & Signatures
Topic: Tachi Kake Signature
Replies: 12
Views: 201

Re: Tachi Kake Signature

That's great Curran! Yesterday I spent some time on the J net looking for any wood carver by that name but came up with nothing. What did come up was Shikoku 四国, said to be the land of four prefectures 四県, four seasons 四季, and according to JR who are promoting the tour, Shifuku 四福 four happinesses! ...
by chonchon
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Beginning Collecting
Topic: Advice on Purchase
Replies: 51
Views: 688

Re: Advice on Purchase

Congratulations on your new family member.
It is very similar to an unsigned one I had for several years. (Until I gave it to my niece last year!) 8-)

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