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19th Century Chinese Export Solid Silver Hand Mirror Wang Hing, circa 1880



Antique 19th century rare Chinese Export solid silver hand mirror, of round form, very large size and heavy gauge, the handle formed as entwined dragon biting into the mirror, the double sided mirror surrounded by an outstanding openwork frame, cast, pierced and engraved with bamboo leaves. The reverse silver plaque engraved with birds perching on bamboo. Hallmarked with Chinese character marks, 90 silver (900+ standard), Mark "WH" for Wang Hing, Considered as one of the greatest and finest Chinese Export retailer, Wang Hing started trading in Canton soon after 1842 when, with the end of the First Opium War and the treaty of Nanking, China opened its ports to foreign merchants and Hong Kong became a British colony. Wang Hing was the trading name chosen by the Lo family who established the business and passed it down for generations until 1941. Although we don’t have any information about the founder of the company, we know that the Lo family was a wealthy merchant family living in one of the richest and buzzing areas of Canton, the district of Xiguan. Measures: Height: 31cm Width: 17.5cm Weight: 585g.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.21 in. (31 cm)Width: 6.89 in. (17.5 cm)Depth: 0.79 in. (2 cm)
  • Style
    Chinese Export (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Great Condition - General wear and stains to the mirror (as always the case for 19th Century mirrors), silver in great condition.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A58991stDibs: LU1348215444092

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
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