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Interesting find in a job lot of coins

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hi all .. i have recently won a lot of coins at my local auction rooms and i found this item in the box


it is about 1 inch x 1inch square with a sort of button on the reverse. the little Chinese/Japanese men on the front are made of metal and are gold, silver and copper in colour .. anyone have any ideas as to what it is ?





dooly :devil:

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It looks like some kind of lid to maybe a jar or other small container.


Maybe it came from an opium den.



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Could very well have been a "hot wax sealer" (for letters/documents) but the images are usually incused so they become raised once imprinted into the wax...perhaps the artisan was dyslexic?

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