Wednesday, December 29, 2010

5 Japanese Vintage Postcards with Samurai, Ronin, Topics

Japan, ca. 1910: 5 different vintage postcards with scenes related to Samurai (Ronin).

All 5 are unused and in fine condition.

The revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin, also known as the Forty-seven Samurai, the Ako vendetta, or the Genroku Ako incident took place in Japan at the start of the eighteenth century. One noted Japanese scholar described the tale as the country's "national legend." It recounts the most famous case involving the samurai code of honor, bushido.

Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers), also known as the story of the Forty-Seven Ronin, is one of the most famous and popular of all Japanese dramas.

A ronin was a samurai with no lord or master during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan. A samurai became masterless from the death or fall of his master, or after the loss of his master's favor or privilege.

More Japanese Postcards: HERE

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Japanese Emperor and Empress. 2 vintage Postcards

Two very decorative embossed postcards depicting the Japanese Emperor Hirohito and his wife Kojun. Floral design.

Several commemorative cancellations at the reverse.

More Japanese Postcards: HERE

Monday, December 20, 2010

2 old Chinese Postcards, Beggars and Train, Beijing

Two Chinese vintage postcards after Photos by Chas. F. Gammon.
Both have fault at an edge, each.

One postcard depicts beggars in Peking, the other a third class train in Beijíng.

Unused postcards from app. 1910.

More Chinese Vintage Postcards HERE

Monday, December 13, 2010

Old Korea: Crown Prince of Korea: Vintage Postcard

Old Korean postcard, depicting the Korean Prince with decorations on his uniform: “prince of Korea”

Unused, very fine condition.

Prince Imperial Yeong, the Crown Prince Uimin (also Euimin), also known as Yi Un, Yi Eun, Lee Eun, and Un Yi (1897 –1970), was the 28th Head of Korean Imperial House, and the last crown prince of Korea.

More old Korean Postcards HERE

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Imperial Palace in Seoul: Vintage Postcard

Old Korean postcard with view at a wing of the Imperial Palace in Seoul.

Unused, veryfine condition.

More old Korean Paostcards HERE

Monday, November 22, 2010

China Vintage Postcard: Funeral in Peking

Tinted, Chinese postcard, entitled “ Attending a Funeral, Peking” . The postcard depicts a long line of carts at a funeral in Beijing.

Postcard from app 1910. Photo Chas. F. Gammon.

Unused, fine condition.

More Chinese Vintage Postcards HERE

Monday, October 11, 2010

Japanese Postcard Army Review, commemorative Cancellation

Very decorative Japanese postcard, partly photo, partly lithograph, embossed.

The postcard depicts Japanese generals Kuroki, Nozu, Yamagata, Oyama, Oku, Nogi, Kodama and Kawamura.

Franked with 3 stamps, tied by 3 different commemorative cancellations. Fine condition.

More Japanese Postcards: HERE

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Gurschner Bronze Bas Relief, Grace. Artist signed.

Decorative, Art Nouveau bronze, bas relief of a ladies head, Art Nouveau ornaments and title „Grace“.

Artist signed: Gurschner 1903.

1,5 x 2,8 inches (37 x 70 mm), 62 gram, very fine condition.

More Art Nouveau Bronzes HERE

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Qingdao Postcard 1899: German Soldiers, Field Service.

1899, Germany, China: b/w postcard „ Tsingtau: Feldgottesdienst an der Heidenmauer“.

The postcard depicts a huge crowd of German troops, celebrating drumhead service .
Sent Clarens to Pully. Fine condition.

More Qingdao postcards HERE

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ludwig Zwieback Bas Relief from 1906, Artist signed

Ludwig Zwieback Bronze Bas Relief. Artist signed medal for the economist Ludwig Zwieback May 1844 – January 1906.

Size: 1,6 x 3 inches (4 x 5 cm), 45 gram, fine condition.

Ludwig Zwieback ran a famous textile shop during the K.u.K. monarchy at the Kaerntner Straße 11/15, in Wien.

More Art Nouveau Bronzes HERE

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chinese Vintage Postcard: Lady with Lilly Feet.

Chinese vintage postcard, depicting a Chinese lady with lily feet, one exposed.

b/w postcard, published by Hartung. (Hartung’s Photo Shop Legation Street Peking).

Unused postcard in very fine condition.

More Chinese Vintage Postcards HERE

Friday, September 10, 2010

Chinese CdV. Chinese Man in Western Dress.

Early, Chinese carte de visite with a portrait photo of a Chinese gentleman, wearing a western suit. He looks much like Sun Yatsen.

2,3 x 3,9 inches (58 x 100 mm). Fine condition.

More old Chinese photos: HERE

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Category added to our Antique Postcards Listing

Your will find old postcards like this at our new postcard category (Austria West): Greetings from Salzburg: Early tinted vintage postcard with 3 girls from Salzburg region, one with a dog pulling milk bottles. Used in Hungary.

Fine condition, stamp missing.

Postcard from Austrian Western Provinces HERE

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Old Chinese Photo Postcard. Sedan Chairs.

Old Chinese postcard (photograph) from app. 1920. It depicts a row of 3 sedan chairs, carried along a street.

5,1 x 3,3 inches. At the upper right corner is a bend, otherwise fine condition, unused. Sharp photo.

More old Chinese photos: HERE

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Old China Seal with Fo Lion, Qing Dynasty

China 1904: Decorative Chinese seal with Foo-Lion as handle. Engraved are 4 characters as actual seal. Side engraving with details and name of seal carver.

1 x 1,2 x 3,9 inches (26 x 27 x 97 mm) Old stone with fissures at the upper part – no parts missing, no blemishes. The stone itself is most probably much older and has been carved as seal in 1904.

More Chinese Seals: HERE

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Old Chinese Jade Box with 4 Shoushan-Seals

Nice old Chinese Jadeite box with decorative carving at top – 2 bats against floral background. The box contains 4 old brownish-red leisure seals with different carvings: Long living, master of the stones, the color of bamboo, water – river.

The box is 2 x 2 x 1,9 inches, all in fine condition.

More Chinese Seals: HERE

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

China: Sweet Studio Photo with 3 Kids

Old, cute Chinese photography from app. 1920. Studio-photo depicting 3 kids. Slight toning of the sliver bromine surface.

35 x 4,8 inches (87 x 122 mm), fine condition.

More old Chinese photos: HERE

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Minnie Hauk Carte de Visite, European Photo

Soprano Minnie Hauk Carte de Visite, CdV, decorative reverse.
2,5 x 4 inches, (64 x 104 mm), very fine condition.

Amalia Mignon Hauck (Minnie Hauk, 1851 - 1929) was an American operatic soprano.

She was born in New York City. In 1862, Hauk began vocal studies with Achille Errani, at age fourteen she made her debut in Brooklyn and a month later, her New York City debut. In the American premiere of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (1867) she sang Juliette. Hauk sang at Covent Garden, London, in 1868 and debuted in Paris in 1869. The soprano then appeared in Italian and German opera at the Grand Opera in Vienna and other venues throughout Europe. Hauk was the first American Carmen (1878) and Manon (1885). Her voice became a mezzo-soprano of great strength and depth. Hauk's enormous repertory included approximately one hundred roles, and she sang Carmen in four languages.

In 1881 she married Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, the Austrian writer and traveller. Much of Minnie's fortune was lost during World War I. By 1918 she was impoverished and nearly blind.

 More Classical Music Autographs HERE

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Zeppelin: Japanese vintage Postcard

Old Japanese Photo-Postcard, depicting a Zeppelin-airship over a Japanese village.

Real photo as postcard. Unused, minor wear, app. 1915

More Zeppelin Collectibles: HERE

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Japanese Albumen Photo Entrance to Temple in Kyoto. 1880s

Old Japan: Large albumen photo, depicting an entrance to a temple „Budish Temple Chionin – Kioto“. Some visitors are at he temple entrance.

Antique Japanese albumen Photo, tinted, thin paper, fixed on paper with small glue spots at he corners.

Size: 10,5 x 8 inches. Fine condition, app. 1885.

More antique Photos from Japan and Korea HERE

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Japanese Lady in Hawaii. Albumen Photo, 1880ies

Hilo, Hawaii: Albumen photo depicting a young Japanese lady in a garden. The photograph is from app. 1885.

4,6 x 7,2 inches (11 x 18 cm). Fixed on paper at the corners.
Fine condition.

More antique Photos from Japan and Korea HERE

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Chinese Leisure Seal with Slogan. Nice Side Carving too

Attractive Chinese seal of grey-black stone. Engraved as actual seal are 7 characters: 老夫聊发少年狂( lao fu liao fa shaonian kuang – the old man has the same passion and ambition as youth ).

Attractive side carving with oxen cart in antique style and details to date and seal carver, 1919.

Very well carved seal in high artistic standard and in very fine condition.

1,9 x 0,5 x 1,9 inches (49 x 14 x 49 mm). 87 gram.

More Chinese Seals: HERE

Friday, May 28, 2010

Chinese Seal. Chicken Blood Stone. 2 Characters.

Nice old Chinese seal, made of Chicken-blood stone (Ji xue shi). Larger red spot on top part.
Engraved are 2 characters: da zhuang (big strength).

Good side carving with details.

20 x 11 x 22 mm. 10 gram. Fine condition.

More Chinese Seals: HERE

Monday, May 10, 2010

Cute Chinese Studio Photo with five Sons.

Sweet, Chinese photograph with 5 boys (the ideal of a traditional Chinese family). Studio Photo, Shanghai, 1910s.

5,2 x 3,95 inches (135 x 100 mm). Fine condition. (Minor tonig of some dark spots, left lower corner has a light bend).

More old Chinese photos: HERE

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Gate of Shimizu in Kioto. Albumen Photo from app. 1885.

Antique Japanese Photograph depicting the Gate of Shimizu in Kyoto with monks as visitors.

Albumen-photo, thin paper, fixed on paper with small glue spots at he corners.

10,9 x 8,5 inches, fine condition, app. 1885.

 More antique Photos from Japan and Korea HERE

Friday, March 12, 2010

Help us win! War Bond Postcard W.W.I.

W.W.I.: Help us to Victory! Lithographed postcard to advertise war bonds. Designed by Fritz Erler.

Unused postcard in poster-style from app. 1915.

Very fine condition

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

1915: Austrian Patriotic Postcard. WW1

We have been adding quite a few World War One postcards recently, like this one:
W.W.I.: Decorative, lithographed vintage postcard with K.u.k. war flag, Emperor’s pennant, burning roof-tops. Below is a war slogan by the German poet Theodor Koerner, 1791 - 1813.

MORE such posrtcards

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Old Japan: Woodblock Print as Postcard: Ladies and Baby. Utamaro

Interesting, decorative Japanese woodblock print ( Kitagawa Utamaro ) as postcard, from ca. 1910.

It shows 2 ladies in attractive Kimono and a baby. One lady preparing giving breast to the baby

Unused, very fine condition. Published by The Shimbi Shoin, Tokyo.