Greetings to all site visitors with interesting Asian objects you wish to identify or evaluate or both
information about what your Asian antique or art is, you can send
a photo to the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington,
D.C., or take it there by appointment if you are in the area.
They will give an opinion of what you have and how old it might be, but don't
discuss price or value. Since
they specialize in Asian art but have no interest in the value
of your item, you are likely to get a good opinion about what it is.
This is a public, tax-supported institution whose facilities are available
to the public. More information is available at:
For insurance purposes in the US and perhaps elsewhere, it is necessary to hire an appraiser, who will give you a written appraisal that will be a valid indication of its value if it is stolen, damaged, or destroyed and you want to make an insurance claim regarding it.
recent (less than 100 years old) and collectible items including Made
in Japan and other export items and post-WWII memorabilia and souvenirs,
try searching for similar items at eBay and see if anything that looks
like what you have is being offered. The range of quality and reality
of prices on eBay is enormous, but it will give you an idea of what's
going on with the sort of thing you have in this market, which could
be useful if you're thinking of selling it.
This information is to help people who might inquire about identifying their possessions and placing a value on them, which we cannot do over the intenet, even with images. We hope it helps you in your inquiries.