ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN BOX 19th C. QING SILVER / COPPER OPIUM JEWELRY BOX

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Seller: 7095michael (1,384) 100%, Location: Torrance, California, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 202923492727 "PEARL RIVER PLUM" / CANTON OPIUM BOX ABSOLUTELY STUNNING RENDITION OF "SUKEROKU" (SEE DESCRIPTION OF THIS FAMOUS KABUKI PLAY IN PHOTOS) SUPERBLY RENDERED IN THE VISUALLY ARRESTING STYLE OF THE JIAQING ERA THE LARGE 7 7/8" PORCELAIN LID HAND PAINTED IN THE "WUCAI" STYLE IS ALMOST JEWEL LIKE IN APPEARANCE MATED WITH A HAND HAMMERED SILVER "RINSED" (PLATED) COPPER COWLING WHICH IS IN TURN FITTED TO A CORRESPONDING HAND HAMMERED SILVER "RINSED" COPPER BOX SO FINELY FITTED AS TO CREATE AN ALMOST AIRTIGHT VAULT-LIKE COUPLING ORIGINALLY CALLED A "PEARL RIVER PLUM" AS THEY WOULD BE TRANSPORTED UP THE PEARL RIVER OFF THE COAST OF CANTON, CHINA PACKED WITH FINE TURKISH OPIUM "LIKE A FAT JUICEY PLUM" WHICH WOULD THEN BE REMOVED OFF SHORE AND SMUGGLED INTO THE COUNTRY THE NOW EMPTY "PLUM" WOULD THEN CONTINUE ON UPRIVER TO ACTUALLY BE EXPORTED TO THE U.K./ U.S.A. AS A FINE ART ACCESSORY OR KEEPSAKE BOX IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA. IN THE MID-19th CENTURY WITHIN THE CHINESE COMMUNITY THE TERM "PEARL RIVER PLUM" WAS WELL KNOWN ONE VERY PROMINENT FAMILY WHOSE VAST WEALTH WAS INITIALLY CREATED BY DIRECT INVOLVEMENT IN OPIUM SMUGGLING WAS WARREN DELANO II GRANDFATHER OF FUTURE U.S. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT LATER IN LIFE MR. DELANO MADE ANOTHER FORTUNE SELLING OPIUM TO THE U.S. ARMY MEDICAL CORPS FOR THE DURATION OF THE U.S. CIVIL WAR THEY DID'NT TEACH YOU THAT IN U.S. HISTORY CLASS? IT WAS SAID HE WOULD OFTEN GIVE THE NOW EMPTY "PLUMS" AS GIFTS LENGTH: 7 7/8" WIDTH: 5" HEIGHT: 1 7/8" SHIPS INSURED WITH TRACKING ADDITIONAL $10.00 TO HAWAII / ALASKA INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY / ALL TAXES, TARIFFS, DUTIES EXCESS POSTAGE LESS $1.00 FOR FUEL REFUNDED OTHER ITEMS LISTED Region of Origin: IMPERIAL CHINA, Age: 1850-1899, Primary Material: HAND HAMMERED SILVER RINSED COPPER / PORCELAIN, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, Type: LIDDED BOX

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