Ship safe 懸硯船箪笥 (Kakesuzuri funa’dansu)

Price:  750,00

An old ship safe 懸硯船箪笥 (kakesuzuri funa’dansu) to keep seals, money and documents. The safe is made of crimson lacquered wood.

The front with a single hinged door covered in iron mounts that are attached to the wood by small metal pins. The lock plate on the left fitted with a chrysanthemum-shaped 菊 (kiku) knob. The interior with four drawers of different sizes. Three drawers are equipped with slender ‘fiddlehead-fern’-shaped bail handles, and one with a pull-ring.

Completely restored and functional but at the same time in original condition with original hardware, traces of use on the lacquer and with a nice patina. Including one original key. The key functions in the old fashioned Japanese way, not very smooth.

Late Edo – early Meiji period.
Approx. 120 – 180 years old.

Height 36 cm, Width 27.7 cm, Depth 45.5 cm.

This type of heavy chest is referred to in Japanese as a funa’dansu. Safe’s like this were made from the Edo period (1603-1868) well into the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), and used on the small merchant vessels plying the Sea of Japan and the inland sea between Osaka and Hokkaido Island. The present example is of the kakesuzuri (‘portable writing’) type, made specifically for use by the captain or the ship’s owner for safekeeping ledgers and valuables.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : 212410


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