Locks, cleavers, ladles and other metal items.

Larger brass locks-- a 25 cent piece shows the relative sizes. The large warehouse style lock is 8.5" long. All came from Victoria, BC's Chinatown.

Locks from various sites in North America including Vancouver, Vernon, and San Francisco-- shown with keys. The tin coloured lock in the right rear of the picture is a decorative lock, not real.

This pick head came from the Cumberland coal mine on Vancouver Island. Notice that it has #21 stamped on it. The Chinese miners were all numbered so the foreman only had to call them by their numbers. This one was used by miner number 21.

Brass ladles:

Skillet shovels and a large iron ladle:

Wonton ladles-- brass mesh and bamboo handles:


Three laundry items-- The small dish-like iron was used to iron silk. Hot charcoal was put in it. The large iron came from a ranch in Texas. It also opened up to allow hot coals to be placed inside it. The vents in the sides kept air circulating through the coals. The can is a water sprayer.

A beautiful example of a temple gong-chime from an old American collection. The largest gong in the chime is about 6" in diameter and the chime hangs about 9" long. I have seen these with up to 5 bells. This one has only three bells so may be incomplete. However, completeness is not a requirement for this assembly of artifacts, collectables and ghost-town relics.

Large brass gong reputed to have come from the Vernon Chinese temple. This gong still contains a residue of beeswax in the nose cone. This was put there to dampen the blows when beating the gong. The gong is over 22" in diameter.