Other Items

Chi Chi, Chinese fortune teller-- Each long bamboo stick is numbered. One is shaken out and the fortune read for that number from the pages provided. Made by The Pacific Dry Goods Company, San Francisco, California-- Copyright 1915.

Chinese character side:

Chinese plane:

Chinese musical instrument (er hu) with snakeskin resonator, missing the strings. It was found in an old small town junk store in BC in 1981.

The gods of blessings, prosperity and longevity (originally astrological stars and called the star gods) are Fuk, Luk and Sau. These immortals were not normally worshipped in a shrine but had a prominent place in almost every Chinese household in North America. These figurines are 12.5" tall and up to 6" wide and are several decades old--the bottom unglazed porcelaine has yellowed. They were obtained at an estate sale in Ohio.

Red box with lock:

Sandalwood fan with brass loop, bone combs, and scissors:

There is a photograph in the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum on the page regarding the Chinese-American contribution to transcontinental railroad, showing a spittoon similar to this one prominently displayed. It is about half way down that page showing a Chinese merchant and his wife in their home in San Francisco. This particular spittoon was part of a large BC collection of artifacts traded for by Roy and myself in my early days of collecting. In the ensuing division of the items, I wound up with the spittoon. It originally came from Victoria, BC. It is a "Gold Coin" spittoon manufactured in Hong Kong-- a little over 9" tall and 9" across the top.

A Victorian era spittoon found while excavating at a building erected around 1912 in Oakland Hills, California.

This is an old, ornate personal altar or shrine cloth. It is 6 feet long and 16 3/4 inches wide. It was used in the 1890s and obtained from Fort. Langley, BC. The top of the back has loops for hanging across or around an altar. This would be a necessary piece for setting up an altar or shrine display and probably the most difficult part to obtain. It originally came from Vancouver, BC.