Japanese Vintage 5 Drawer W/ Secret Tansu Haribako Sewing Box Burl Mulberry For Sale
This is a late Taisho Era (c. 1926) haribako (sewing box) with a unique arrangement of four drawersand an additionalhidden fifth drawerlocated behind theflip top lidded top section. Thefront shelf area is divided into two sections and is removable. Behind this is a secret drawer, opened by pulling it out using the finger hole. This type of tansu chest was used to store valuables as well as equipment for the person of the house to do repairs on Kimono and bedding as well as money and valuables.
The box's face and topare made of burled Japanese mulberry wood with kiri (paulownia) wood interiors and zelkova (keyaki) case work. The hardware is all copper with an aged patina, and the hinges are etched with images of paper cranes and pine saplings.Cranes symbolize longevity in Japanese culture, and pine symbolizes strength.This chest is all original and overall in very fine condition with a very warm patina that only nearly a century of loving use could give.
All drawers run smoothly and the lidded top opens and closes with ease. Please enjoy viewing the enlarged photos of this chest before offerding. This chest measures 11 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" high by 7" deep (29 x 23 x 18 cm). Very solidly built, a great piece of Japanese history; and makes a classic desk top organizer today.
You'll love it, I guarantee it.........If you purchase this item and are not completely delighted with it, you may return it for a no questions asked refund within 14 days of receipt.
Sailerking and the Shogun's Gallery have been in the Japanese antique business for over 32 years, and highly value our customers. Satisfaction Guarantee: All items are carefully described and photographed. If not completely delighted with any item it may be returned in original condition for refund of purchase price, less actual shipping cost. Most items listed are antiques, and as such may have an expected amount of wear from normal use. We do not sell items with major flaws without mentioning it in the listing. See photos and descriptions for condition. Returns must be shipped back within 14 days of receipt. Buyer assumes all shipping fees. If you have specific questions about the item or condition, please feel free to ask before offerding and we will make every effort to respond promptly. International buyers are responsible for any customs duties, taxes, etc. imposed by the buyer's home country.