This chest still has its original deep over two century old patina finish. T he method of construction as well as all the forged iron work o.N this chest dates it to the mid Edo Era c. All drawer handles, hinges, and latches as well as every nail are made of thick hand forged iron with a protective coat of burnt lacquer. The lock plate on the top drawer is a more recent replacement, keeping with the aesthetics of the period (see picture 4). The lidded top section was for the storage and use of suzuri (ink stone) and brushes.
The lidded top swings open to reveal the area where the ink stone was once housed. The coins shown in picture 9 is also included with this listing. The lidded top opens by pushing the button (see picture 11) and closes securely when the lid is closed and the latch is pushed.
T he top handle is still very secure. And provides a convenient way to transport this chest.
Both drawers open and close smoothly. The three hinged lidded top swing. S, opens and closes easily. With exception of minor signs of past use (see enlarged pictures) and the replaced lock plate as mentioned, t. Chest measures 9 1/2" wide by 12 1/2" deep by 9 3/8 tall (24.1 x 31.8 x 23.8 cm).A very warm accent for your home or office. Great to hold pens, as well as, remote controls for the TV and stereo.
Please enjoy the enlarged pictures to get a full appreciation of the fine paulownia. Wood and its over two century old patina. You'll love it, I guarantee it.........
And the Shogun's Gallery have been in the Japanese antique business for over 38 years, and highly value our customers. Satisfaction Guarantee: All items are carefully described and photographed. Most items listed are antiques, and as such may have an expected amount of wear from normal use. We do not sell items with major flaws without mentioning it in the listing. See photos and descriptions for condition.The item "ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO ERA (c. 1780) 2 DRAWER SUZURIBAKO CALLIGRAPHY TANSU CHEST" is in sale since Thursday, August 29, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Boxes". The seller is "sailerking" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.