Rectangular paper product box for toothpicks. The front is yellow with a bamboo in green on the side. The top of the front say "YAQIAN" and there are Asian language characters underneath. There is a golden coloured border around the top. There are Asian language characters on the sides and bottom. The bottom is white with a yellow border. The box opens on the sides with flaps. There are still wooden toothpicks inside.
A: The body of the instrument is an oblong shaped half of a coconut shell. The rounded back side of the body is a dark brown/maroon color and has a glossy finish on the wood. In the center of the back there is a carving in the surface of the shell. A few lined circles have been scored into the shell creating a ring around the central carving. Eight circles of a light colored wood have been inserted in the ring for decoration. The caring is of a few trees and two figures which are either both animals or a man and an animal fighting amongst the trees. This carving has been done right through the shell showing the interior of the instrument body is hollow. The top surface of the shell is flat and has been covered with a thin piece of unfinished wood. There is a maker's mark stamped on the surface of this wood but it has bled and therefore is illegible. Drilled through the top sides of the shell are two holes into which the long neck of the instrument has been inserted. This piece of wood is a long cylindrical stick which takes on a rectangular shape near the end and curves forming a V shaped top. Attached atop this V is an amber colored piece of plastic. Drilled into the rectangular part of the neck are two holes into which are inserted two thin cylindrical handles with rounded tops. These handles have grooves running horizontally around them. Attached at the bottom of these handle are the cords of the instrument. When the handles are spun these cords either loosen or tighten. The cords run parallel to the neck of the instrument over the flat wooden front and then are tied at the end of the body. A looped piece of cord on the neck of the instrument keeps the cords from being too loose. B: This piece is the long thick wooden bow that is used in order to play the instrument. The body of the bow is a long stick that is slightly curved and has the notched appearance of a piece of bamboo. A hole has been drilled in one end with a notch in the other and knots have been inserted in these holes to hold the strings in place. The strings are presumably made of horse hair and are black and dark brown in color. The strings are tight and run parallel the body of the wooden bow. A few of the strings however have broken and become loose from the object. The wood is a dark brown color with patches of light brown on its surface and has a shiny finish.
The body of this guitar is made out of wood that is shaped like a giant tear drop. The main part of the body is quite round with a flat top and rounded back. The back of the guitar has been painted brown and has a shiny finish on the paint. The front of the guitar is made of a flat piece of unfinished brown wood that has a small brown stripe painted around it edge. Part of this front piece of wood has a crack that has broken and is lifting away from the body of the guitar. Attached near the rounded end there is a rectangular piece of wood with curves in two of the corners. There is a jade design inlaid into the wood that looks like a book and a snake. Drilled into this dark brown piece of wood are four holes into which are attached the plastic and cord strings of the guitar. From the midway point of the body to wear the neck of the guitar begins there are ten thin wooden sticks running across the top of the guitar which make up the frets. The neck of the guitar is thick and rectangular at the top before dipping down sharply and curving back over onto itself. On the rectangular part of the neck and rectangular piece of plastic two white ones on either end and four yellow ones in the middle. The piece that dips downward has a space cut out of the middle and four wooden handles are inserted into holes drilled into the wood. These handles have ridges running horizontally around the handles which have rounded ends. The handles can be turned to tighten or loosen the strings that are attached to them. The curves piece has a circular floral design carved into the wood with an ivory Chinese lettering inlay in the center. The strings of the guitar run flat down the neck and front of the guitar.
The body of the guitar is large and circular. The edges of the body have been stained a dark brown color while the top and bottom surface are a smooth unfinished wood. The top panel of wood has some cracks running down its surface. Attached near the bottom of the front is a semi circle piece of wood which is hollow inside and has the same brown coloring as the edges. Four holes are drilled into this piece of wood and in those holes the strings of the instrument are attached. Midway up the front the guitar and onto the neck there are eight thin raised pieces of wood attached that make up the frets of the instrument. The neck of the instrument is a rectangular type shape which gets wider near the end before curving downward. Just before the curve there is a rectangular space that has been cut out of the neck of the object. Holes have been drilled through this space and four cylindrical handles with rounded ends have been inserted through the holes. Wrapped around the lower sections of this handles are the other ends of the strings and when twisted the strings are either tightened or loosened. Two handles stick out one side and two stick out the opposite side. These strings are made of a clear plastic type material.
This drum is made of a domed piece of wood that has a large hole running directly through the center of it. The bottom of the wood is flat and circular before curving downward and inward at the bottom giving the drum its domed shape. The wood is a light brown color and has some wearing and large cracks because the wood is unfinished. Stamped onto the wood in black paint it the maker's mark which is illegible and a stamp that says "Made in China". Stretched over the top of the dome is a piece of what is presumably animal hide of some sort. This hide has a thick and glossy finish and some Chinese lettering painted on the sides in red and green with white outlines. The hide is held in place by two rows of large metal studs that have been painted black and have a small rounded tip in the center. The edges of the hide that protrude under the bottom row of studs is peeling and cracking.
The main body of this object is a flat rectangular piece of metal that is presumably aluminum. All the edges have been folded over creating a type of border. At the top of the object the top two corners have been cut off at angles. There is a hole in the top center of the object for hanging it on a wall. Attached to the front of this metal base are two rectangular shaped metal slots that create containers for the letter to be inserted into. The top of these slots are quite wider but angle inward making the bottoms very thin. The object is painted a vast variety of bright colors pink, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red with black accents of decoration all around. The two slots have Chinese lettering as well as flower decorations on them. The back of the object is just silver metal that is quite shiny. Pressed into this metal is presumably the makers mark although it is backwards it reads "Roasted Peanuts, Registered, Product of China, WongWingKee Factory." With some Chinese lettering and a plane in the center.
The top main legs of the object are long rectangular boards of wood which make up the sides and legs of the object. At the bottom of these rectangles in the center a triangle has been cut out of the wood creating two feet on each side. Just above these feet attached to notches in the side are two rectangular beams running horizontally between the two main boards and creating supports for the stool. The main boards are positioned at a slight angle. At the top of this boards two notches have been cut out of the corners and this is where the top of the stool has been attached. The sides of the top are trapazoids in shape and nailed into place. sitting on the top of this is a flat almost square board on the top. All over the object the wood has nicks and dents with paint splotches on its surface. Painted onto the sides of the top of the school in black paint is some Chinese lettering. This object was presumably hand made. The wood is shiny possibly from a finish that has been wearing off.
Newspaper clipping from a Chinese paper with Chinese text on the front under the photograph and on the back of the clipping. The picture is of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party and the first president of the Republic of China.
The main body of this object is a flat rectangular piece of metal that is presumably aluminum. All the edges have been folded over creating a type of border. At the top of the object the top two corners have been cut off at angles. There is a hole in the top center of the object for hanging it on a wall. Attached to the front of this metal base are two rectangular shaped metal slots that create containers for the letter to be inserted into. The top of these slots are wider but angle inward making the bottoms very thin. The object is painted a vast variety of bright colors pink, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red with black and yellow accents of decoration all around. The two slots have Chinese lettering on them. The back of the object is just silver metal that is quite shiny although there is some wear on it. Just above the two letter slots painted in big black numbers in the year 1927 with some smaller black Chinese lettering underneath it.
This calendar cards are made of a very thin and pliable wooden material. They are rectangular in shape and each corner has been cut off at an angle. Both sides of these pieces have been painted with an orange and blue border and yellow background. In the center of the cards there is a red Chinese lettering. This yellow center is outlined in black paint.
Small rectangular shaped envelope made out of a red colored paper with a seam running down its back. On the front of the envelope there is a picture in shiny gold which is of three carp playing in water, some Chinese lettering, and a tree branch with two pieces of fruit at the top. There is a trapezoid shaped piece of paper which is used to seal the envelope and comes of the top of the front side. On this piece are the words "Made in Hong Kong" in gold lettering. There is a series of these envelopes ranging from HK-984-018-001 to 025 except for 010 which is missing. There are also two with the numbers DC-982-306-002 and DC-983-204-020 with the set which are basically identical.
This object is a light green jade pendant in the shape of a leaf. The point of the object is pointed and widens as it reaches the bottom where is rounds. The stone sticks out slightly on the edge like a small stem. The edges of the object are jagged with a small groove running down the center. Lines like the veins of a leaf have been scored into the surface of the stone. A small hole has been drilled in the center with a little chip out of the stone. The leaf pendant is smooth and has a slight swoop in the surface.
1 Chi'-fu, or Mandarian Robe, c. 1900. Dark blue with silk gauze. Embroidered in silk thread with mountains, clouds, 5 toed dragons, cranes. Lined with blue brocade and decorated with round gold coloured buttons.
Round, black, rough satin cap with a jute (?) lining. A band of silk makes up the body of the hat. The top of the hat is constructed of black silk with a black silk covered button in the middle. Between the jute (?) lining and silk covering there is some type of padding (possibly cotton).
Small collar from Dai Kow General's Costume. Collar is pale green with steel blue, pink, purple, green, gold floral sequin pattern. Pattern is accented with glass tube beads, in same colours. Attached to bottom of Collar are lace tassels. Tassels are silk with blue and red pattern around green glass beads. Collar is lined with white silk and is fastened by 5 metal snaps.
Apron from Dai kow General's Costume. Apron is pale green with steel blue, pink, purple, green and gold floral sequin pattern. Pattern is accented with glass tube beads, in same colours.Attached to bottom of Apron are lace tassels. Tassels are silk with blue and red pattern around gold painted plastic beads. Apron is lined with white silk and is fastened with ties at the waistband.
Scholar's Hat is covered with pink silk over paper form. Gold, silver, and steel blue sequins form floral and insect patterns, lined by black tube beads. At the center of each insect are turquoise beads and one plastic pearl. Six blue and white pom poms on coiled wire at top of hat.Coils each have yellow thread wrapped along wire, ending with white plastic pearls. Base of hat has two long, pink silk streamers, each one ending with black material covered card cut out shape, trimmed with white edging.
Three panelled apron from Dai kow General's Costume. Apron is pale green with steel blue, pink, purple, green, gold foral sequin pattern. Pattern is accented with glass tube beads, in same colour. Attached to bottom of apron are lace tassels. Tassels are silk with blue and red pattern around purple glass beads. Apron is lined with white silk and fastened with ties at the waistband.
Skirt from Dai kow General's Costume. Skirk is pale green with steel blue, pink, purple, green and gold floral sequin pattern. Pattern is accented with glass tube beads, in same colours. The skirt is made of long thin fabric pieces attached to waistband. Skirt is lined with white silk and fastens with ties at waistband. Attached to bottom of skirk are eleven metal bells.