Japanese Shakudo Meiji Era Letter Opener
Vintage Japanese Shakudo letter opener made from bronze. Late Meiji period in date (1868 -1912) this beautifully ornate letter opener was crafted with great skill and detail. The handle is ornately decorated with a series of tortoises/turtles in various poses with certain features highlighted in gold. The blade depicts a crane atop of bamboo and foliage on one side and what appears to be a stamp and signature on the other.
Tortoises were a sign of wisdom and longevity within Japanese culture so this highlights the significance of these symbols being used to open letters suggesting learned abilities. This would make a fabulous birthday gift, housewarming gift holiday gift or for any Japanese metal enthusiasts.
Opener measures: 12.75" long by 1.25" wide and weighs 3oz.
In good condition considering age and use with a small nick on the top of the blade with a slight separation at the base of the handle - please see all pictures as they form part of the description.
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