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    Chinese Characters?

    I know this is a long shot, but I know also that there is a surprising depth of knowledge around this subject. I have a watch on the way with a UK hallmark of about 1910 but also has what could be a Chinese marking. Can anyone confirm it is and if so what it might mean?.

    Or it could be just a random marking.

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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    I know a little about Chinese culture, but very little about characters. That said, these characters look more Japanese to me than from China.

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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    Ah, well thank you because I have no idea. Japanese is more interesting I suppose as the trade with China was more established and why I made the assumption.


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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    Okay, I found a more helpful online dictionary. Character dictionary - MDBG English to Chinese dictionary
    If you click the little brush by the input field, you can bring up a drawing tool to re-create the characters. The first c-shaped character didn't come up with anything, but the closest match to the second character is Shou: hand

    Does that get us anywhere closer? Probably not, but I thought the online tool was pretty nifty
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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    Nifty indeed, thank you!


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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    The two at the top look to me like the upside down characters 金 or 全, and 子 (the other ones, like the U-looking one, are definitely not Chinese or Japanese). These are characters used by both Chinese and Japanese. But I am just guessing really because they are not clear. In Chinese 金子, pronounced jīnzi means "gold," whereas in Japanese "kaneko" is a name. It also looks like they were maybe characters copied by someone who does not actually know the language cause if they are those characters, they look kinda weird. Or they could be none of the above, or maybe not Chinese at all. Anyway, not much help perhaps, but there you go, my imput. ;)
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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    Well thank you! It all adds to the larger picture so everything helps!


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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    absolutely agree with z-lo , it really does seem like 金子

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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    Could it mean silver? Or perhaps someone, not Chinese, has used the wrong mark I wonder? It still wouldn't easily explain why it would have UK and Chinese markings


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    Re: Chinese Characters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    Could it mean silver? Or perhaps someone, not Chinese, has used the wrong mark I wonder? It still wouldn't easily explain why it would have UK and Chinese markings
    doubt so, silver in chinese is 银

    and the above does look like the characters for gold.

    is the case gold or silver? It could have been an export watch for the chinese market , i have several swiss watch for chinese export that came with chinese tag/ chinese date wheels etc

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