Japanese sterling silver and dark, open grained wood 4 drawer jewelry box from the late Meiji Period, c,1900.
It is hard to know where to start with this wonderful 4 drawer Kodansu form dresser top jewelry box.
The entire surface is covered with wonderfully detailed engraved chrysanthemums and the Moko shaped handle is mounted on blossom escutcheons which conform to those on the drawer pulls.
When the two doors, suspended by ornate, strap work hinges, are opened, the beautiful interior is revealed, framed by engraved scenes of Mt Fuji on each inner silver panel. One has a stream running under a foot bridge, the other with a temple on a wooded hillside.
The doors are secured by a strap work hinged clasp conforming with the door hinges.
Each of the four pull out, graduated size drawers has a button pull framed by a blossom escutcheon, with the bottom drawer having a double ring compartment.
Each drawer is lined in plush red violet velvet.
The box sits on a wide, undulating bracket full perimeter foot.
This very special jewelry box is 6" ta;;, 5 1â€²2" wide and 5" deep. weighing 1430 grams or 46 ozs. Troy.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no monograms, removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.