*Japan Meiji Period 1868-1912 Jewel box with compartments drawers in sterling silver & wood
Rare Japanese jewel box from the Meiji period (1868-1912).
An unique, fabulous and truly one-of-a-kind antique Japanese jewel box, made at the turn of the 19th century, during the Meiji period (1868-1912), circa 1900's. Carefully crafted in .950/1000 sterling silver with black lacquered woods.
The outside parts are suited on top with a movable lid to be carried and at the front with a pair of hinged doors with a lock. The interior have three small rectangular drawers in black lacquered wood, with the original velvet fabrics.
The wood drawers has sterling silver knobs in the shape of the chrysanthemum flowers, in reference to the Meiji emperor symbol.
The entire surface outside is fully decorated and engraved with multiples organic natural designs of; birds, butterflies, mountains, clouds and flowers.
The overall measures are 4 by 5.15 by 5.75 inches (10.16 x 14.6 x 13.08 Cm).
Stamped, with the silver assay hallmarks for export, "STERLING SILVER".
Have a total weight of 921.2 grams, about 32.5 oz.
Meiji period, is an era of Japanese history that extended from October 23, 1868 to July 30, 1912.The Meiji era was the first half of the Empire of Japan, when the Japanese people moved from being an isolated feudal society at risk of colonization by Western powers to the new paradigm of a modern, industrialized nation state and emergent great power, influenced by Western scientific, technological, philosophical, political, legal, and aesthetic ideas. As a result of such wholesale adoption of radically different ideas, the changes to Japan were profound, and affected its social structure, internal politics, economy, military, and foreign relations. The period corresponded to the reign of Emperor Meiji. It was preceded by the Keiō era and was succeeded by the Taishō era, upon the accession of Emperor Taishō.
It is in great condition, with only one nick in the lower interior area as pictured, otherwise the entire outside parts are in excellent and magnificent grade of preservation.
INVENTORY REF: D0000HONN/.1111