20 years on and still as strong

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 May, 1993, 12:00am

MANY of the shops in the Hilton have been doing business for more than 20 years, and one of the best known is the C. Y. Tse Antiques shop owned by Mr Joseph Tse.

His brother-in-law, Mr John Trinh, manages the family business and presides over the stunning collection of 18th and 19th century items, ranging from fine blue and white porcelain to much-sought-after temple carvings.

Dated between 1875 and 1908 and with a $68,000 price tag, a Chinese porcelain figurine, featuring the Taoist god of longevity and his companion Lady Ma, is one of the impressive items on display.

Also displayed is a selection of paraphernalia from a scholar's table, which includes a 19th century silver incense clock, priced at $24,800.

The shop's specialities, a selection of temple carvings, from the 19th and early 20th centuries, are priced from $500 to $20,000.

Nearby, in the new arcade is Allan's Jewellery, which has also been trading in the Hilton for over 20 years.

Specialists in cultured pearls, manager Mr Roman Leung said they frequently went to Japan to buy their merchandise, although some was made locally.

The pearl necklace with clasp is still their most popular item, though jade and diamonds are also popular.

Close by is Sherman's Tailors, which has been doing business in Hongkong for nearly 30 years.

Mr Johnny Kong, the managing director, recently took over running the business from his father, Mr Charles Kong.

Mr Kong said it took at least three days for an experienced tailor to make a high-quality suit.

Shirt maker, Mr Tommy Yuen, has been with the company for 30 years and he said the biggest change he noticed was in the colour choice for shirts.

''It used to be white, but now people are much more adventurous and will choose shirts in many colours,'' he said.