An unbelievable antique Japanese writing box also known as a Suzuribako dating back to the Edo period c1830.
It is in the style of a chest with gothic and primitive iron bindings and fixtures, it has a opening top but 3 side drawers with different sizes and iron adornments on each drawer,one drawer has an old iron lock but no key.
The drawers would have held the tools of the writer and the mind can really travel thinking of the works that may have been produced from the tools in this box and its owners hand.
The possibilities are endless and this box is just such an incredible work of art in itself.
The hinged lid has a primitive sort of lock with a pin and metal loop.
It has a hinged lid that opens and closes well and is cut from a nice solid piece of keyaki with a smooth polished finish, bound by the thick and primitive iron hinges, the interior is lacquered black and would store an ink stone.
The entire box is made from solid and strong keyaki the patina is perfect, lots of lovely grain can be seen and it is a very well made and decorative piece, internally the drawers are unfinished.
Of course it could be used for any desired purpose, it would make a beautiful jewelry or keepsake/memory box, an incredible display piece.
It is in good antique condition for the age, there are some splits in the wood and repairs but commensurate with its grand old age.
7" total length
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