Inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl this Circa 1920s Lacquered Kushi Hair Comb from Japan is in excellent condition.
Measuring 3 6/8" wide 2" high, it is made from Boxwood which is then carved with intricate designs before the teeth are cut into it so that the design will show somewhat from the other side through the teeth. It was then inlaid with Mother-of Pearl,and received several coats of black lacquer. My pictures don't do it justice as it changes color and almost looks to move with the play of different lighting.
Inlay on three surfaces, the front has the most artistic and full inlay consisting of Flowers, Leaves and Circles. (I am sure there is meaning to this design, however I am not an versed on Japanese items.) The top edge continues the inlay with three white pearlescent circles, and the back show yet another kind of flower among four more circles.
Colors of the inlay range from white, off white, light pink, beige, blues, greens, and purples.
As I said before the Condition is excellent. No skufs or marks detected and at approximately 97 years of age that's saying something.
FYI: In 1915 Madame Butterfly made a resurgence in America as a Silent Film that stared “America's Sweetheart” Mary Pickford. Naturally women couldn't get enough of the Japanese Fashions after that.
This Kushi or Hair Comb if from around that time and belonged to Fred's Grandmother Louellen. Lou, as she was affectionately called, passed it on to her daughter Catherine,my husband's mother, and it came to me when she passed away. It is now time to find a new home for this beautiful near antique that was bought in Philadelphia or New York, all those years ago. (I say New York as well as Philadelphia because Lou was a slave to fashion and loved New York for its shops.)
Returns are never a problem, so if you like it go ahead and hold it in your hands, try it in your hair, see if it isn't perfect for you to own. I want you to feel good about your purchases with me, because I want this to belong to someone that will appreciate it.