Category: china

Antique Chinese slide-key padlock.

Antique Chinese slide-key padlock.

Young Maids & Old China. by J.G. Sowerby &…

Young Maids & Old China. by J.G. Sowerby & F.W. Bourdillon published by Marcus Ward & Co. Limited, 1889.

“Presented to Mamie by her Grandpa, H.M. Keep this book clean; don’t tear it nor lend to others.”

Young Maids & Old China. by J.G. Sowerby &…

Young Maids & Old China. by J.G. Sowerby & F.W. Bourdillon published by Marcus Ward & Co. Limited, 1889.

“Presented to Mamie by her Grandpa, H.M. Keep this book clean; don’t tear it nor lend to others.”

Antique Chinese hair ornaments.

Antique Chinese hair ornaments.

Pirate-pattern plate for the Illinois Central …

Pirate-pattern plate for the Illinois Central Railroad, made by Syracuse China, circa 1950s.

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1930s “Chinese Fortune-Telling Teacup”

Bowes Curator Howard Coutts on Meissen, Staffo…

Bowes Curator Howard Coutts on Meissen, Staffordshire, and Sèvres

Swordsman vs. Arrow- Sword Cuts Speeding Arr…

Swordsman vs. Arrow- Sword Cuts Speeding Arrow

Speed is one of the five essential elements of Chinese Swordsmanship (Jiànfǎ, 劍法). Cutting an arrow in flight is the ultimate test of a Swordsman’s skills. The Japanese refer to this skill as Yadome no jutsu (the military study of arrow cutting or blocking), considering it an indicator of superior martial prowess. Scott M. Rodell, director of the Great River Taoist Center, draws his jian (sword) slicing an arrow shot at him from just over 15 meters away. Traveling at 70.2 mph (113 kph) the arrow flies 51’ (15.5 m) in .48 of a second. Drawing his jian (sword) from the scabbard, his Liāo cut (撩) sliced it neatly in two. 

Haviland “Sea Life” china patterns, circa 1870…

Haviland “Sea Life” china patterns, circa 1870s-1880s.

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