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Vintage Amita Damascene Shakudo Mixed Metal Compact 1940's - Stunning For Sale
This sale is for aVintage Amita Compact witha mixed metal inlay on the front face. It measures about 3 1/4 inches in diameter and is made of carbonized steel with a brass or copper ( I believe ) border, hinge, and clasp. All of themetal is in excellent condition with only someminor scuffs and tarnish.The clasp works perfectly and closes tightly. The mirror inside the compact is undamaged and has some veryminor fogging consistent with age. Included is the original liner and pad as indicated in picture 3. The liner fits perfectly in the bottom half andthe pad isundamaged but it may have been useda few times( I can not tell for sure !).Overall, I do not believe this compact wasused on a day-to-day basis and it was likely brought back from WW II as a souvenir.
The inlay work on this piece is simplystunning and was likely handcrafted by a true artisanin Japan. It is in excellent condition with only minortarnish.The inlayprobably consists ofthree different metals gold, silver, and copper. In picture1 above, the gold highlights are obvious most notable at the Pagoda. The Arch and Fence by the Pagoda are silver along with the boat sails and the top of Mt. Fuji. The lines to the right of the Pagodaand Arch fence are actually adeep purple ( looks orange in the photo ) which is consistent with a gold and copper Shakudo mix.There are also otherShakudo highlights across thispiece.Finally, the small plant dots southwest of the lowest treelook yellowish anddifferent than the gold highlights. This may yetbe another type of metalor experiment by the artist.
Picture 4 shows the Amita mark on the back face of this compact. As indicated,it is a capital "A" within a diamond-like design. This is an earlier Amita mark which was used in the firsthalf of the1900's. I am not sure exactly when this mark was changed but thecurrent Amita mark isthe spelling of the word "AMITA".
This is a much better Amita Damascene piece than typically seen. Likely handcrafted by a skilled artisan and in excellent overall condition.Forthe serious Amita or Damascene collector, it doesn't getmuch better than this
This piece is being sold "as is" without return privilege unless I inadvertently missed something and grossly misrepresented this information. I only ship to the USA ( all 50 states )by insured USPSpriority