Artifact Identification


During the course of studying the Chinese in Montana, it is clear that the internet lacks a central location to help the public and archaeologists identify Chinese artifacts. This section of the Chinese in Montana website is completed in partnership with Gary Weisz, an avocational archaeologist in Idaho who possesses a tremendous collection of comparative materials he has acquired over the years. I hope to expand the artifact identification section through additional submissions of artifact photos. If anyone has additional information or more photographs relating please send Merritt an email that can be found under “Contact Us”. 

Chinese Ceramics


Glass Items

Opium Paraphernalia

Personal Items



Chinese Glass Items

Archaeologists discover fragments of all these types of artifacts at sites in Montana and elsewhere in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Unless otherwise noted, all items on this page are in the private collection of Gary Weisz. In addition, all photos on this page are by Gary Weisz.

Medicine Bottles

Food Jar

Medicine Bottles

Three glass medicine bottles with sheared lips purchased from Hawai'i.

Food Jars

Bean cake jar purchased from California. Embossed with Chinese characters and "Quong Yuen Sing & Co. San Francisco, U.S.A." and "Bean Cakes Net 12 oz."

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