Petite silver perfume flask engraved on the front with a Japanese scene of a waterfall, bridge and pagoda. On the back is a smaller scene with mountains and trees. The front scene is highlighted with gold, a form of Japanese Damascene technique called nunome-zougan. Generally, 14K gold was used, but there is no way to test this without damaging the piece. I estimate this to be at least 65 - 75 years old. A perfect little piece for perfume or vanity collectors.
The flask is 2 1/8" x 1 1/4" and just under 1/2" in depth at the widest. It has a screw top with applicator, and the screw portion and thin applicator are most likely steel. There is a very faint perfume odor. It is marked "Silver Japan" on the base, and tests as 950 silver, which is a bit higher silver content than sterling and typical of vintage Japanese silver. The silver is in excellent condition without dents or scratches. It was tarnished when found, and has been buffed with a silver-cloth. Faint tarnish remains and the new owner may wish to polish or leave the patina.
This can be mailed 1st class in the US, but priority mail will get it to you very quickly. Some countries may prohibit or tax the importation of this lovely piece.
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