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    Uncertain Company "Tea Money" Brick of 39.5 Ounces ND (after 1878?-1917) AU (Damage), Opitz-pg. 341 (this piece illustrated). 242x187x20mm. 1121.8gm. 8-lobed incuse cartouche contained scene of a steamship / perforated into 16 panels, each with the motif of a Chinese knot (a symbol of good fortune and prosperity) containing the number 88 (8 being the most auspicious Chinese number, and 88 bearing an affinity to Shuang-xi "double joy"). An interesting brick which bears no inscriptions whatsoever. The image of a steamship on the obverse may be an allusion to the Russian Dobroflot (Volunteer Fleet), which was founded in 1878, a played a prominent role in the overseas tea trade. The reverse displays a small inventory sticker from Mr. Opitz's collection.
    From the Charles J. Opitz Collection


    1878後-1917年中國「茶錢」磚。39.5盎司。AU (Damage)。
    Opitz第341頁顯示此枚。242x187x20毫米,1121.8克。漩渦形內刻有輪船航行於海面上的場景,穿孔成16個面板,每個面板上都有一個中國如意結(吉祥和富裕的象徵),亦有88的形象意思(8是最吉祥的中國數字)。有趣的一塊茶磚,沒有任何註文。輪船圖像可能是指俄羅斯Dobroflot志願艦隊,該公司成立於1878年,在海外茶葉貿易中發揮了重要作用。背面帶Opitz先生藏品中的一個小的庫存標籤。


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