this handmade asian box is a real stumper
Ok experts, please help-
Ive received mixed responses on the origins of this well crafted box and what it was used for. Some said Japanese tea ceremony box for marines, and others said a Chinese box from a Shanghai tea shop referencing an imperial tea garden.
Here are what the translations are said to be in chinese:
Ã¤Â¸ÂÃ¦ÂµÂ· Ã¯Â¼Â Shanghai
Ã©ÂÂÃ©Â¾ÂÃ¨ÂÂ¶Ã¥ÂºÂ Ã¯Â¼Â Double Dragon Tea Shop
Ã¥ÂÂÃ¨ÂÂ Ã¯Â¼Â North Park (Imperial tea garden)
Still, I am unsure of its actual purpose. Any ideas?