Vintage Japanese Shakudo Meiji Era Letter Opener
Vintage Japanese Shakudo letter opener made from plated copper. 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 frogs in various poses of dance on one side with a vase of chrysanthemums and scissors on the other. The blade depicts sparse floral scenes on both sides.
Frogs were a sign of good luck (and signifies a return) within Japanese culture so this highlights the significance of these symbols being used to open letters that good luck was in the returning letter . This would make a fabulous birthday gift, housewarming gift holiday gift or for any Japanese metal enthusiasts.
Opener measures: 10.5" long by 1 wide and weighs 2oz.
In good condition considering age and use - please see all pictures as they form part of the description.
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