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Japanese Gold & Sterling Silver Dragon Scholars Box Meiji Rare For Sale
MUSEUM WORTHY JAPANESE GOLD & STERLING SILVER DRAGON BOX; GOLD DRAGON & PEARL AMIDST SHAKUDO CLOUDS; MEIJI MASTERPIECE
We are quite pleased to offer this one of a kind Meiji gold and sterling silver dragon box.
One of the finest examples of Japanese mixed metal work we have ever owned.
Meiji period Japanese silver was the finest the world has ever known. Much was crafted by former Samurai. Imperial decree had outlawed their warrior culture. Forcing the Samurai to channel centuries old sword making skills into breathtaking presentation and household silver.
The Meiji silver artisans were so highly regarded that Tiffany, Gorham and the leading British firms sent their staff to Japan to "learn" (steal) the secrets of the Samurai.
The box in classic rectangular form.
The cover adorned with brilliant inlaid gold Japanese dragon. Clutching the sacred pearl in its three claws. Here the gold pearl in orb form.
The dragon's long undulating body mostly obscured within the rich, dark textured surface Shakudo clouds.
Well fit cover.
Interior smooth silver as shown.
Atop thick well cast step up L-shape feet.
Unmarked. Not unusual for Meiji silver. We guarantee solid sterling base, and gold dragon and of the Meiji period.
The gold dragon on silver box is 5 1/4 inches by 4 inches.
Exceptionally thick heavy guage sterling weighs 21 1/2 standard ounces.
In excellent condition. The brilliant inlaid gold dragon displays a rich, mellow patina, as does the sterling base. Stands even on table. Cover perfect fit. The brilliantly carved dragon in clouds retains its original crisp, vibrant hand chased detail. Couple small areas mild wear to cover Shakudo, tiny scuffs, and couple small bumps.
Originally offered for $8500 USD.
Please feel free to inquire directly about this, or any item isted. We very much welcome your interest. We are collectors first. As such, we are quite easy to work with.
We combine items when shipping, saving you costs. Ship twice weekly using USPS Express & US Priority, never Ground. Fully insured for all packages. Given our modest charges, we almost always lose money on shipping.
We make great effort to accurately describe our silver. Returns are accepted, if either condition, country of origin or dating is significantly incorrect. In such cases we refund your shipping as well.
Remember, the items are antiques with an expected amount of wear from normal use. Returning an item because we failed to mention the tiniest few scuffs, pinhead bumps or bend to rim is not acceptable. Nor do we accept returns based on buyer's remorse.
Massachusetts residents are subject to sales tax.
We have over 7780 responses. And, are quite proud of our Top Seller designation.
We received favorable notice in the March 12th, 2006 New York Times. Page 8, Business Section, in a well written article on silver collecting. Copy furnished upon request.
From our personal collection, a fine mid 19th century coin silver basket by Edward & John Moore is illustrated in the cover article in May/June 2008 Silver Magazine.