This is a c. 1895 figural Japanese match safe in the shape of a tai (sea bream) fish. Its approximately 2 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches with strikers incorporated on the fins. Excellent condition with a strong lid spring, has a slight depression on one side.
Figural tai (sea bream) fish match safe, Japanese, brass, c. 1895
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