19 gift envelopes in six different types. 3 with plain red paper strips pasted on the middle, 5 printed in red with scholar rocks and inscriptions, 1 printed with inscriptions in red against green honeycomb background, 1 printed with orchid design and inscriptions in reserved against red background, 3 printed with two bats and inscriptions in reserved against red background, 5 printed with two Chinese characters 'ren shou', benevolence and longevity, in reserved against red background.

These envelopes, possibly used in funerals, were for handing out to the guests, usually with sweets, handkerchief or a coin put inside. There was no need to address receivers on the envelopes.

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