From the land of the rising sun, this beautiful damascene cigarette case, is circa 1940. It depicts a cheery and happy round chubby face or an Okame mask. On the other side a horned devil peers over at him. The scene is so unusual and I cannot find another like it online anywhere. The company used a combination of metals. There is gold, inlaid into the ironwork.
This was sold as a cigarette case however it can be used to hold playing cards or business cards. It has a beautifully detailed gold link chain inside that stretches when lifted to keep cards or cigarettes in place. The workmanship on this is just fantastic.
The hinged box measures just a hair under 6" x 4 1/4". The box is slightly curved as it was made to comfortably fit into a back-pocket when being carried. The push in clasp is gold and the movement when it opens and closes is superb. I am ultra impressed with the quality of this piece. The scene is absolutely rare and if you are a collector it would be an excellent addition.
I have noticed some dealer's of Damascene pieces have stated they are antique, from the Victorian period. The company Amita was actually formed in 1932 and it's founder was Shintaro Ueda. It was not an easy find but I do have the company's website. I would be happy to share it with you if you have any interest. It is in Japanese however Google easily translates it.
Made in Japan, circa 1940 ~ Retro period.
Excellent condition with no dings or dents.
Stamped Amita on the inside front panel.
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Vintage Amita Japanese Damascene Okame and Devil Mask Rare Cigarette / Playing Card Case