Have You Seen… …a wooden tiffin carrier? Something rare, isn’t it? I wonder what one could put inside…candy perhaps? Related posts: Kaya Puff for Dessert? The 4 Ipoh-Born “kids” Tea-time Snacks? Miner’s Arms By felicia|2016-09-07T16:22:58+08:00September 7th, 2016|Categories: food, Identify Photographs|7 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Teen Idols? Gallery Teen Idols? Singing with emotion Gallery Singing with emotion Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life Sports Idol Gallery Sports Idol 7 Comments sk September 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm - Reply Certainly have not seen a wooden Tiffin carrier before. This one looks new & well varnished. Could be a museum piece. In my era , it was made of enameled steel & yellow in colour. Maximum 4 carrier & the bottom one the biggest for soup. Thunderchild September 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply Haven’t seen a plain wooden tiffin like that but as a child brought up with a nyonya grandmother, I’ve seen plenty of nyonya tiffin/ kueh basket, attractively laquered in black and red. Just do a Google search on ” mangkuk tingkat cina ” and you’ll see what I mean. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=mangkuk+tingkat+cina&oq=ma&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j35i39l2j69i59j69i60l2.2272j0j4&client=ms-android-om-lge&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8 Ngai C O September 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply Hi, It is one of those cheap touristy souvenirs, which I have seen displayed in shops a few years back.. Personally, I would not bother for the simple reason that the type of wood used, design, make, quality, craftsmanship and finish are rather poor. The characters appeared to have been cut by a CNC machine. They looked monotonous. By the way, I do some woodworking in my spare time. I have one other concern, which is the lacquer used; whether it meets current standards if it is ever used for holding food. I am not sure if antique versions existed, say a few hundred years old, and made by craftsmen for emperors. Even if it were to be lined with lead for example, it would definitely be a collector’s item and the value would very much depend on its rarity. Just like some Ming Dynasty chinaware, which recently fetched millions of US dollars. I heard even one that had a crack was sold for loads of money. felicia September 8, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply Hello Ngai. It’s interesting that you’ve mentioned the CNC machine. According to Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_control), these machines existed as early as the 1940s and 1950s (which were modernised as newer technology was discovered). I’m not sure of the exact date of this artifact, but the family who donated this to us (along with other artifacts) claim it to be an antique. Ngai C O September 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply Hi felicia, I don’t want to sound critical, pessimistic or stir up an ‘argument’, the word ‘antique’ can have differing connotations and interpretations to different people. I did a Wiki search and found to my surprise that tiffin or tiffin carrier or also known as lunch box or the Japanese version of bento, was not ancient. Its popularity began about a hundred or so years ago. It further stated that they were commonly used in India, the Arabic countries, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. At one time in the UK, the picnic basket or box was synonymous with the British upper class, especially in the colonial era. Who would ever bother with it these days with its original elaborateness, extensive preparation time, trimmings and bulkiness. Getting back to the interpretation of ‘antique’, it could well mean the fact that it was made of wood instead of the usual metal, cane or Nonya style gave the assumption that it must be old. Well, there could also be other interpretations. Below are three links to the following, if it helps with our conversations. A rare bamboo brush pot, with its intricate fine hand carvings A pantograph used for engraving; in comparison to CNC machine. Matthias Wandel, a woodworking genius. https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjywu-FjP_OAhUGSRoKHfdhAxMQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.christies.com%2Flotfinder%2Flot%2Fa-finely-carved-bamboo-brush-pot-late-5750243-details.aspx&psig=AFQjCNG6kSrnaTk-VAcV3-mRe0PevWc5wA&ust=1473400834994545 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pantograph_in_action.png Matthias Wandel YouTube felicia September 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm - Reply Hello Ngai, Yes, everyone has a definition for ‘antique’….I won’t say I’m an expert, just making a guess based on what ever information I know. No worries 🙂 I just found that you’ve brought up an interesting point – when you mentioned the CNC machine. I had never heard of it previously, so thanks for the information. Ngai C O September 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply Hi felicia, Sorry!!! Now that you mentioned CNC machine again, link below shows how part of a flat pack kitchen cabinet is made. I won’t be a pain in the …. and bore you again. https://youtu.be/zn0QlGGCAF4 Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prove that you are a human!