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January, 2001 Acquisitions (AND HOW!)

 

Chopstics as Precision Implements!

[cstix20010127abcd - 2001/01/27]. Material: Metal (including silver alloy, palladium gold, sterling silver, stainless steel). Description: Pictured are four of six different designs made by the Zhejiang Sun & Moon Art & Craft Co., Ltd., of Zhejiang, China (Tel. / Fax: 865707157698, email: jyluym@mail.lsptt.zj.cn). These pairs are ABSOLUTELY SPLENDID; far more than the unusual hollow stainless steel chopsticks I already have.

They are all similar in shape, each with a rounded-square end transitioning to a round, tapered medium point, with accent bands just below the transition and at the end. They also each differ slightly in features: One pair is entirely silver; another is silver with gold accents; another stainless steel with gold accents; and one stainless steel with gold bands is a child's size (both in length and diameter).

The two most unusual ones are both sterling sliver-tipped with lacquered-stainless steel ends, highlighted by gold accent bands. One is also beautifully inscribed with Chinese writing, while the other has finely inscribed stiations resembling the handle on a precision medical or dental tool, or fine writing instrument.

Length: 22.5 cm and 15.5 cm. Nationality: Made in China. Source: Zhejiang, China.


Blue Lacquer Chopsticks

[cstix20010119a - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered wood or bamboo. Description: Half deep blue and half black, these rounded-square chopsticks are sleekly tapered full-length to a medium, textured tip. The ends are rounded as well. Length: 22.5 cm. Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: A Gift from New Prague, MN.


Black Lacquer Chopsticks

[cstix20010119b - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered wood. Description: These rounded-square chopsticks taper to a medium tip in rich grain dark wood, with the end half decorated in black lacquer-covered 'ripples' cut into the wood. Length: 22.5 cm. Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: A Gift from New Prague, MN.


Chopsticks with Exposed Red and Black Lacquer Layers

[cstix20010119c - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered wood or bamboo. Description: These extremely glossy chopsticks have received several layers of finish in black and red, subsequently sanded down to expose the alternating color in both concentric and linear patterns. Rounded-square, tapering full-length to a medium tip. The end also has a bevel. Length: 22.5 cm. Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: A Gift from New Prague, MN.


Chopsticks with Exposed Multi-color Lacquer Layers

[cstix20010119d - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered wood or bamboo. Description: These 'radically cool' chopsticks also have several layers of finish in black, red, yellow and brown, subsequently carved and sanded down to expose the alternating color in not only concentric and linear patterns, but also 'groovy' psychedelic swirls. Rounded-square, tapering full-length to a medium tip. Length: 22.5 cm. Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: A Gift from New Prague, MN.


Chopsticks with Triangular Feature

[cstix20010119e - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered wood or bamboo. Description: These half black and half brown chopsticks are standard rounded-square, full-length taper to a sharp tip, with the exception that the end is carved uniquely to taper to a rounded-triangle cross-section. Length: 22.5 cm. Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: A Gift from New Prague, MN.


Decorative Chopsticks

[cstix20010119f - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered wood or bamboo. Description: These black lacquer chopsticks are standard rounded-square, full-length taper to a sharp tip, with gold decal band near the end, which is a frosted and textured red. Length: 22.5 cm. Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: A Gift from New Prague, MN.


Decorative Chopsticks

[cstix20010119g - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered wood or bamboo. Description: These black lacquer chopsticks are standard rounded-square, full-length taper to a sharp tip, with gold and imitation woodgrain decal decorated end. Length: 22.5 cm. Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: A Gift from New Prague, MN.


Unfinished

[cstix20010119h - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered wood. Description: Standard rounded-square, full-length taper to a sharp tip, decorated by divots carved into a black painted end. Length: 22.5 cm. Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: A Gift from New Prague, MN.


Several Decorative Chopsticks and Rest

[cstix20010119ijk - 2001/01/19]. Material: Lacquered and painted wood or bamboo (Rest: porcelain). Description: These three chopsticks (top) are standard rounded-square, full-length taper to a sharp tip are decorated at the end in gold script characters. The bottom pair is coated entirely with a glittery silver paint, and rests on a slightly eliptical, black glazed porcelain hashi-oki. Length: 22.5 cm (Rest: 4.5 cm). Nationality: Japanese; Made in Japan. Source: Japanesegifts.com, New Prague, MN.


Japanese Mickey Mouse Child's Chopsticks

[cstix20010113a - 2001/01/13]. Material: Molded plastic. Description: White, rounded square, tapered along the entire length. Tips are textured, and the end is a separate piece of black plastic. The full color decoration is printed or a decal. Length: 18 cm. Nationality: Japanese. Source: Boston, MA.


Brown Eggplant Chopsticks Rest

[rest20010113b - 2001/01/13]. Material: Glazed ceramic. Description: Brown and green vegetable-shaped. Length: 6 cm. Nationality: Unknown. Source: Boston, MA.


Blue Ceramic Chopsticks Rest

[rest20010117ad - 2001/01/17]. Material: Ceramic. Description: Nicely detailed hand-painted blue detail squid and octopus. Cat and dragon in sea-foam green. Lengths: Squid, Octobus, Dragon: 6 cm; Cat: 4cm. Nationality: Japanese. Source: Boston, MA.


Fish Motif Carved Wood Chopsticks

[cstix20010105 - 2001/01/05]. Material: Wood. Description: Eliptical, tapered to a medium point, with the image of a long pointy fish carved in lines along the body. Length: 25 cm. Nationality: Unknown. Source: Boston, MA.


Fish Motif Carved Wood Chopsticks Rest

[rest20010105 - 2001/01/05]. Material: Wood. Description: Fish-shaped with stylistic fish design carved in lines. Length: 25 cm. Nationality: Unknown. Source: Boston, MA.

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