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Chinese Brass Plate, Export or Genuine Period?

by George
(Swanton, Vermont USA)

We acquired this brass plate from my grandmother's estate in 1979. We think my great-grandfather, a ship's captain sailing from New York, NY, may have acquired it in the late 1800's or early 1900's. It looks as though someone, at some time, cleaned it with something to remove the patina. Was it a practice in the Chinese export market to "age" plates? It bears the" Da Ming Xuande Nian Zhi" mark but we have never seen a genuine mark. Does anyone know where we might lookup examples of genuine marks from the period in brass? Any information anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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Apr 08, 2013
very simaler to this one but with dragon
by: simon

this brass plate is very simaler ,,,,to the one on show ,,,,this has a dragon with a door

Jun 02, 2011
Similar makers mark?
by: Bonnie


We have a bronze plate with a very very similar makers mark on the back. The most significant differece is the little round dot that appears left of the writing/characters on your plate/ picture. Ours appears in the middle of the outer edge between the two dragons ( we think there two dargons? ).
The questions are.. Does this dot have any significance in where it is placed on the makers mark? Do you know who the maker is? Or would you have any way for us to find it?
Any hints tips or book name would be appreciated

Mar 07, 2011
brass plate
by: peter

Hi, we are unable to help with brass, I'm afraid.
This is a completely different specialty field. It is suggested that you try They are more likely to have someone knowledgeable in brass.

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