This Rare and Highly Ornate Pictorial Sterling Silver Cigarette Case/Business Card or mini wallet is larger than most measuring 6 1/8" L x 3 1/4" W. Both the front and back of the case are engraved. The Front is fully engraved with the Severn Fortune Gods or Immortals who travel together on their treasure ship (takara bune 宝船) and dispense happiness to believers.
A buttery smooth sterling silver back is decorated with what I believe to be the (5) Elements - bound scroll, flying beard, flying hat, a fire-ball and what looks like a long handled tool.
The inside of the case is Marked with "STERLING". The back of the case is engraved with the Japanese Characters indicating the Artist/Silversmith.
The inside features a flexible sterling silver bar decorated in a "Greek Key" Design, with finely detailed edges. The bar has a clip on both ends to hold your items securely in place. The bar can be taken completely out if desired.
Weight: 6.32 ounces
Age: Late 1890's - 1910.
You can Personalize this case in the smooth sterling silver areas. Personalized, this case would be a Premier Gift.
If you're a non-smoker the case lends itself perfectly to carry your business cards, credit cards, cash or whatever you wish.
Measurements: 6 1/8" L x 3 1/4" W.
The Following is a short description of each of the (7) Gods/Immortals.
EBISU (YEBISU) - God of Good Fortune, the Ocean, and Fishing Folk - Also Deity of Honest Labor & Patron of Laborers
DAIKOKU, DAIKOKU-TEN-MAKAKARA, MAKIAKARA-TEN - Name literally means "Great Black Deva". God of Wealth, Farmers, Agriculture, Rice, & Kitchen
BENZAITEN, BENZAI-TEN, BENTEN - Goddess of Music, Poetry, Learning, Art, River Goddess, Protector of the Nation, Patron of Children
HOTEI - God of Contentment & Happiness
FUKUROKUJU - God of Wisdom and Longevity
JUROUJIN, JUROJIN - God of Longevity
BISHAMONTEN - God of War & Warriors - Also called Tamonten, The Black Warrior - Guardian of the Northern Quarter
This case exhibits superior hand engraving, with all the hinges and clasp in perfect working condition. A work of Art in itself and would be beautiful displayed as an Object d' Art.
The Case is in Excellent Vintage Condition with normal vintage wear on the back from laying the case down and a couple of very minor dings.
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