Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item NAN_1978.172.001 - Opium Tin (Merchandising T&E)

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Opium Tin (Merchandising T&E)

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CA NAN NAN_1978.172.001

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  • 1978-12-07 (Creation)
    Lee, Ed

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metal (brass, paper)

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Lee, Ed

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Local provenance. Found by Ed. Lee & Bill Spowart in basement of house in Chinatown after the 1960 fire tucked behind a beam. 2 marks. The larger one reads, モLi-yuanヤ (=Lai Yuan) which is an early high-quality brand supposedly imported from HK, commonly found in North America. See The smaller one reads, モLin-jiヤ (=Lam Kee, a later Macao opium refiner-exporter). See 255 The box probably came from Macao, and may represent the transition from the period when opium was legal (before 1908-9) and when it became illegal, allowing new refiner-exporters to enter the market.

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Tin - good. Label: very fragile.

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2 MiB


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