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Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion
Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion
Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion
Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion
Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion
Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion
Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion
Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion

Material:  Chinese 900 + Silver

Hallmark:  LYH & ideogram

Size:  Width, Depth, Height ~ each apx. 2 & ¾ inches

Quantity:  1

A wonderful and highly popular dragon motif decorates this unusual heart shaped antique Chinese Export Trade Silver pin cushion, c. 1900.

Clear makers mark and chop mark ideogram visible on bottom.  We believe maker is Lee Yee Hing.  Items by this silversmith are rather scarce, but known examples have shown to be of interesting design and obvious excellent quality and construction.

This pin cushion is heart shaped in form, a rather unusual design for trade silver and elevated on three round ball feet.  Two panels encircle the sides, each decorated with a very elaborate and highly detailed dragon and cloud motif, on a stippled ground.    Interestingly, each dragon is unique and different from the opposing side.

Velvet covered heart shaped pin cushion, which we believe to be original remains, however it is no longer attached to base.  It appears a small amount of some type of adhesive was used to affix cushion to a paper filler/liner and this adhesive has dried over time, allowing pieces to separate.  We could easily reattach cushion to liner, but thought buyer might like to view interior and construction.  Subsequently, we will leave this simple fix to purchaser, who may choose to use/display just as it is.

The pin cushion is in overall very nice antique estate condition, with only one extremely tiny, very minor bump to bottom edge.  Feet remain securely attached.  Blue velvet covering cushion top has likely faded in color over time and it does show some some marks and brownish stains from pins, but nothing unexpected or unusual for an antique sewing item..

Per our reference book Chinese Export Silver by Forbes, the fineness or actual silver content of early trade silver has been found to vary from apx. 800 to 970, with the American standard being 925 sterling.  It is likely that this pin cushion, dating to the later part of the China Trade, is of a higher silver content, probably close to, or exceeding the sterling standard.

Certainly an interesting period Chinese silver sewing collectable;  very fancy, ornate, highly decorated and unusual heart shape antique silver pin cushion.

Fine Antique Chinese Export Trade Silver Heart Shape Dragon Motif Pin Cushion

$ 269.00

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