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I cannot find out what this is - can you help please? See pics. It has a very faint mark to the base which looks like 9S. Was told a silver Cinese opium/tobacco/snuff pot but it's so tiny, approx 1½" square. Thank you.

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Do you have a photo of the base? What do you suppose the blue piece would be made from? Lapis, died agate, soap stone or?

It's a very strange shape, that seems to lend itself to something specific. It might just be an ornate contact lens case?

I found a double circle box which held an opium scale? Might that be what it originally held?


Thanks for your reply :)

I just happen to have a few old, antique opium bottles. They measure 1-1/2" high, and 1-3/4" high. There are quite a few ads on line for "Opium bottle holders" with a wide range of values depending on metals, age and condition. Needless to say, that is what you have.

Thanks Tom - sold it as an opium box for £51. The seller was thrilled with it!

51 BPS = $71.10 USD...pretty good price.

For Sale, anybody wants all 3 "as is", $100.USD, Free Postage inside USA. These bottles were dug along Snake River, Southern Idaho near Hansen Bridge. Area was gold-mined by Chinese in 1860s-80s. e-m me, thundhausen@hotmail.com  (they're empty of course).


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