|May 22, 1999|
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Weight ... g
Reverse characters Chinese reading and translation (thanks to Stephen Tai):|
Bao - Treasure
Fei - An impersonal equational copula: it is not, to be not
Jin - Gold, money
Ji - Save, raise
Yeh - Career
Yi - To leave,hand down; spare; reject,throw away
Yi - To plant, cultivate; skill
Yi - One
Message from Don Pfeifer (08-Apr-99):
Many chatelaines are cast as an openwork, and some chatelaines will have rings attached to them. Many Korean families would tie a bunch of amulets together but without the Chatelaine, because they couldn't afford it. Japan started to take control of Korea in 1905 and many of the aristocratic families were in financial trouble. Many families sold whatever they could. In 1907 there was a world wide copper shortage, and millions of Korean Cash Coins and Amulets were sold for their copper value. The Japanese during WWII melted down all of the metal that they could find for the War.
Most Korean chatelaines are over 100 years old and the strings and ribbons used to tie the smaller amulets are pretty weak and break easily. Korean and Japanese dealers, when they find a chatelaine, will usually separate all of the amulets and sell everything individually.
In the twenty five years that I have been collecting Korean Amulets, I have accumulated 600+ amulets and only 6 chatelaines. I have seen hundreds of other amulets that I did not buy, but I have only seen two other chatelaines that I did not buy. Mandel lists hundreds of amulets but only about 50 chatelaines.
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