Maine and the Asian Trade

Chinese Temple Ornament, for Receiving Offerings

Chinese Temple Ornament of Kuan Ti (The Protector of Buddhism). Polychrome wood, c. 1830. Hole in back for offerings.

Chinese Slippers

Slippers woven of very thin straw, with cloth and paper pad on bottom.

Chinese Sewing Table

Chinese footed sewing table and box, with gold design over black lacquer and ivory fittings.

Chinese Sewing and Writing Box

Combination footed sewing and writing box of black lacquer. Hinged top opens to reveal an inset tray, with gold paint around top edges. Tray has 15 compartments for sewing items. Desk opens to a scarlet velvet writing surface.

Chinese Hubble-Bubble Pipe

Chinese hubble-bubble pipe, with enamel inlay around base and hanging decorative fringe.

Chinese Compass

The Chinese may well have invented the compass; it was in use in the 12th-13th centuries there. This one is not a navigation compass but was used in feng sui. It is a dry card type perhaps modeled on the European types introduced into China in the 16th century.

Chinese Cabinet

Chinese cabinet purchased in Hong Kong in the 1890s by Capt. Eben Curtis of Searsport, while master of the ship Tillie E. Starbuck of New York. The Tillie E. Starbuck was one of America's first iron sailing vessels, built by the John Roach yard in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1883. Curtis became her master in 1891.

British Ship at Standard Oil Go-Down in Hong Kong

Photograph of the British ship Queen Margaret unloading oil at the Standard Oil Company's "go-down" in Hong Kong. A go-down is the term for a warehouse in southeast Asia.

Clarissa B. Carver Statement of Salvage

Captain's statement of what happened the night of the shipwreck of the ship Clarissa B. Carver, when it was hit by a steamer near Kobe, Japan on June 7, 1885. This is part of the final settlement of payments for the ship and its cargo, called the General Average

Clarissa B. Carver Sale of Cargo

Letter announcing sale of cargo of the ship Clarissa B. Carver and that consignee is entitled to share of money made at the auction of the cargo. Clarissa B. Carver was sunk by a steamer near Kobe, Japan on June 7, 1885.


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