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Aftaba - A note for Mary
by: Patty

Mary, what you have is called an aftaba. An aftaba is a holy water jar. Priests fill them with water from the Ganges River. The large aftaba was a hostess gift. I was a distributor manager for World Gift for about 15 years and am willing to answer any questions people have.

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Vases
by: Elaine

I too have the Yz mark on vases that were my moms that I have been dragging around since she passed in the 90s. They’re pretty but one has a line across the bottom as if it’s two metals and will not shine up the other is shiny these are brass, my only question is how old I’m assuming by the comments somewhere in the 60s.

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How to clean these items?
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know how to clean these items? If so are they usable for daily use?

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ZY India
by: Anonymous

Wow. I found out much info here on my set of the 4 small goblets. My sister was married in 1967 and they were gifted to her or she had a party with relatives after marriage and purchased them. I lived with her for years and obviously she gave them to me. They were never used, just decorative and for show in china cabinets. Including when I have had them - never used. They just didn't seem practical. Mint mint condition. I saw the markings on the back for the first time today. Thank you.

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Chandi
by: Anonymous

The pieces were part of a collection sold at home parties called World Gift. They are chandi. When I sold it, we were told that only the high priests in India could carve the chandi.

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ZY India sold at home parties
by: Anonymous

I have quite a number of pieces that were purchased through World Gifts at home parties. I was under the impression that they were actually nickel over brass, not silver. I purchased them probably mid sixties.
I have 6 goblets, 4 cordials with a tray, a tray with a covered sugar and a creamer, and an ash tray and lighter.

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Photos P.L.E.A.S.E!
by: Yvonne

Three photos are needed to research the mark further.

1. Close up of the mark.
2. The mark and surrounding area.
3. The piece in its entirety.

Photos can be sent as an attachment:

yvonne@antique-jewelry-investor.com

Thank you Donna for your insights!

Best Regards

Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

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What is it? zy india
by: Anonymous

I too have a rather large silver etched what reminds me of a barber shop sign casing; it is very ornate and marked zy India , no one knows what this is, it is really cool looking, I found at a yard sale some years back and still don't know what it is or what the marking means.

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Z.Y. India
by: Donna

In the later 1960s, My mother bought me a cordial serving set from a lady who sold handmade silver-dipped brassware made in India. It was sold in homes pretty much as Tupperware at Tupperware house parties. I was there and recall that the pieces were described as handmade by individual artists (the reason for no two pieces identical and shaped not perfectly) whose initials were put on pieces above India engraved on the back.

So the Z.Y. supposedly are the initials of the artist.

I also recall the pieces said to be brass "dipped" in silver and then the artist etched the design in for brass to show through. However, there was supposedly a final finishing process to keep the silver from tarnishing, therefore I never used anything but dish soap on my pieces to keep them shiny. Indeed, when they were new, the yellow brass did shine through the silver. Although my pieces are still shiny and look good, the yellow brass has turned dark so the floral design etching is no longer yellow but brownish black. I recall the name of the silver-brassware was something like Shee-on-tee, and that is the name my memory carried over the years.

But that was over 50 years ago and I more than anybody wouldn't trust my memory to be accurate. I cannot find anything near that name by any spelling related to such Indian metalware.

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gas lighter Z.Y INDIA
by: mary

i also have in my possesion as a gift from a friend, is a I dream of geanie brass gas lighter stamped on bottom z.y.india also has world.f.c. or t can't make this letter out, the size is a foot high and heavy beautiful etching on it, i believe it is hand made. thank you for having my comment any questions please leave a message in comments box here - thanks

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Expert Opinion Service
by: Anonymous

Hi Shay we can't tell you much - only the obvious - maybe it's made in India :-) We can tell you what's it's NOT though - Z.Y. India is not Y. NOT

Y. NOT is a trading name for : SLATER BROS. (Cutlery & Flatware, Sheffield, UK) - ca 1850s - 1930s

Good Luck!



Kind Regards,
Pete

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