Monday, November 13, 2017

Chinese Egg-Shaped Mystery Object



I know that I haven’t had that many intervening posts since my last mystery object, the lion-shaped carpenter’s ink line, but here is the latest one. 



This is a utilitarian object, about seven inches tall. These are still quite common today, and while often now made of plain ceramic or stainless steel, odd-shaped ones are still to be met with.

Here are a couple of clues: Although some of these are plain and inexpensive, they often involve fine materials and workmanship. Also, they come in a large variety of sizes.

If you know what this is, or would like to guess, please answer in the comments below. For these mystery posts comment moderation is turned on, so if you are correct, it will still give others a chance to figure it out.

The answer, as usual, will be in the following post.

Good luck!
 

19 comments:

  1. It reminds me of emu egg art objects mounted on silver/wood with swing tops. They can be used for cigarettes etc.

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    1. Hello Hels, I have seen those, and they can be wonderful, albeit non-pc. I think that this would be extremely awkward as a dispenser for cigarettes. --Jim

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  2. Dearest Jim,
    That is an excellent mystery object to describe...
    My guess is that this is a Chinese mustard pot with lid. This one seems to open at the front for probably tilting to the back.
    Wonder who will guess this right!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hello Mariette, Although containers can technically be used for anything that will fit inside, this one has a specific purpose. Mustard, in fact might be particularly unsuitable for placing in this object. --Jim

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  3. I'm completely stumped! This appears to open so it must hold something within? Cannot wait for the big reveal.

    PS: Your object looks like an old wig stand, which obviously it is not as you state these objects are still common today.

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    1. Hello CD, You are right, this does look like a wig stand! Unfortunately, this is much too small to be used for that purpose, although I suppose you could use it for the wig of a doll or pet monkey! --Jim

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  4. I am having a real stab in the dark here Jim; could it be some kind of incense burner?
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    1. Hello Bazza, The elevated construction would be good for burning incense, keeping the heat away from other surfaces, but there are no holes for ventilation, so that can't be it. --Jim

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  5. I am going to guess the vessel is covered with an item that needs mending, like repairing (darning) a hole in a sock. I don't own a darning "egg", but I should. When I pick myself accidently with a needle while hand-sewing I always say, DARN. With this tool, perhaps there are needles, thread, and tiny scissors inside? Granted, if this were a darning egg on a stand it sure would be a fancy one!

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    1. Hello Linda, I never realized how many egg-shaped things there are! CD suggested a wig stand, and I also have to agree that it does look like some kind of darning tool. However, it is too large to use for darning (at least for socks). Also, this is made of soft pewter, so I imagine that needles would scratch it horribly!
      --Jim

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  6. Second guess. Is it a serving dish? If this is true, I have a third guess as to what it serves.

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    1. Hello Linda, I am not quite sure what you mean by a serving dish, but I don't think this qualifies as one. For example, one would not eat out of it or place it on the dinner table.
      --Jim

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    1. I should have put in a ruler or something for scale. This is considerably too large for a doorknob, although I did mention they come in different sizes.
      --Jim

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  8. OK Jim, I’m back to humiliate myself again. Let’s consider the evidence:
    • The object is raised so the contents could be hot.
    • The construction is pewter so it could be very old although the style looks more modern than ancient.
    • The stand is quite sturdy so some hefty weight could be present.
    • I haven’t got a clue!
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    1. Hello Bazza, Your observations are all good ones, although not necessarily germane to the object's purpose. Of course, since it is pewter, it needs to be somewhat sturdy or it would be easily damaged--that, again, is independent of its use.
      --Jim

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  9. 茶杯子?Is this a tea cup keeping water warm with the lid? 還是莫名其妙。讓我再想一想。

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    1. Hello rtc, I have seen lidded metal teacups, but this is not one. The egg shape would make it rather difficult to drink from,對不對? Keep thinking, I'm sure it will come to you!
      --Jim

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