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Chinese Export Silver Presentation Tray- $7, 424
Chinese Export Silver Presentation Tray $7424 Chinese Export Silver Presentation Tray, dated 1897. Oblong form with engraved floral, bird and butterfly decoration. Two handles with heavily embossed floral motifs, and rim heavily embossed with Chinese figures in a garden setting. Engraved dedication in center; "Presented to Mr. John Liddell by the employes(sic) of Messrs Liddell Bros & Co. on the eve of his marriage to Miss Marion Hellyer as a token of their esteem & regard Shanghai 7th January 1897". Marked en verso: Hung Chong, 800, with Chinese hallmarks. 23-1/4" W x 13" D. 57.53 oz troy. Note: H.A. Crosby Forbes' book, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1885, lists Hung Chong as a well known jeweler with addresses in both Canton and Shanghai in the last half the 19th century and first quarter of the 20th century. Liddell Bros. was a British based firm specializing in exports from China in the same period.
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