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I have a pair of pewter urns or vases that I bought in

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I have a pair of pewter urns or vases that I bought in England in 1969. They have what I believe are Chinese characters inscribed on the side and bottom. There are also a peacock and tree inscribed on the sides. They are approx 9in tall and the tops are removable. The inside of the tops are sealed, with a plugged tubular piece centrally. Two Fu dogs on sides of bottom piece with holes for rings. Any idea of age, use or value?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Glenda B. replied 1 year ago.

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When you say plugged do you mean they are filled in ? These are from the 1920's Origin China.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the tubes are plugged at the bottom. I was told by someone in England that he thought they were once used as opium pipes in a London den, but I can't think why thry're made in 2 pieces. What are they?
Expert:  Glenda B. replied 1 year ago.


I am not following what you mean, can you send me pictures of the plugs?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Don't know if the last pic made it, but here it is again. These are the tops of both urns. The one on the left is right side up, the other upside down, showing the plugged tube. The tube on the left one is missing, but is approx. 2 in long. Still have no idea what they are.
Expert:  Glenda B. replied 1 year ago.


So the whole top of this is open a normal urn? Just like a brass/pewter vase? The Markings on the neck or top of the vase is Asian, I cannot read it. These use to have wholes in the bottom of them and this is plugged up is this correct? I am asking because I believe these are Grave or Ceremonial Urns, at one time they attached to an altar or grave, they would have been screwed to the object. That would explain the whole that has been plugged on the bottom. The handles also use to have rings in them. I cannot seem them well but I can see the wholes in them, I believe where the ring used to be.

If this sounds correct to you let me know and I can look up the value for this.