Chinese-Repousse-Silver-Lock-Plaque

Antique Chinese Repousse Silver Lock Plaque, 7 3/4" wide

$7,500.00Price

Priced in Mexican Pesos.   CHINESE repousse Silver LOCK Plaque, 7 3/4" wide and 6" tall.

There is controversy as to what these repousse silver plate were designed for.  The information that accompanied this one says it is a "Ceremonial Breast Plate, 15C".  Tooled silver, worn front and back.  Showing that the owner was a member of the Imperial family holding the rank equivalent to Colonel.

It also states that this is "Tooled Silver".

Here's the problem with all this information ...

1st: the silver process uses here is called repousse" hammered from the back side into a wooden mold.  Tooled is another process.

2nd: This couldn't be from the 15th C. since at that time, silver was not a precious metal and the item would have been cast, weighing 3 or 4 times the weight of this piece (which is 2.33 Troy Oz.)

3rd: Pieces like this, with the rectangular slot in the top, are known as a lock plaque which goes over a protruding lock fixture in order to secure a pad lock.. it is called a Lock Plaque.

So, take my opinion or the information that is provided on the little yellowed piece of paper that comes with this piece.  I cannot find any mark on the silver to know its' content. 

Normally China used 80-90% silver content.

VG condition, beautifully patinated. 

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