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An Iron Snuff Bottle

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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2016, 03:34:40 pm »


George,

From the photos alone it looks to be cast metal coated with a shellac or colored lacquer finish.  I see what appears to be a residual translucent coating that has chipped away.  Is what I think I'm seeing correct? If so it would chip off with a knife tip.

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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2016, 03:57:25 pm »


George,

From the photos alone it looks to be cast metal coated with a shellac or colored lacquer finish.  I see what appears to be a residual translucent coating that has chipped away.  Is what I think I'm seeing correct? If so it would chip off with a knife tip.

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The only area that has "parted" and sort of wrinkled from the casting is where you see the chip at the neck rim.  Maybe you can tell better it is a metal gilding, and not a lacquer with this pic. 

On a side note.. I wonder why they did not cast the bottle in it's entirety in one casting. Rather they added about a 1/8" top to the neck. I am guessing they had to add that some how after the first casting for the body.  You can see the seam.. I wonder what they did to attach that.


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« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2016, 11:30:45 pm »

Could this bottle be an early experiment of making a cast copy from a cinnabar lacquer bottle in metal, ahead of trying it in the more precious metals such as gold?

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Tom


Want to share that another collector just pointed out to me, and now that I look again, I think he is correct that this seems a bit "soft" or flat for a first generation ( "experimental" ) mold..
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