Antiques, Fine Art & Collectibles. Antique Japanese Shakudo Meiji Era Letter Opener Page Turner Cranes Swallows. DESCRIPTION Antique 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.One side of the handle is ornately decorated with a series of cranes in various poses with certain features highlighted in gold. The other side is decorated with swallows flying around bamboo. The blade depicts a birds atop of plum trees and foliage on one side with a stamp signature and foliage. There are birds flying in front of a cloudy moon on the other side. Cranes represent good fortune and longevity within Japanese culture so this highlights the significance of these symbols being used on letter openers. The crane is a mystical creature which lives for a thousand years and is known as the bird of happiness. The swallow represents fidelity, fertility and devotion to family. This would make a fabulous birthday gift, housewarming gift holiday gift or for any Japanese metal enthusiasts.
MEASUREMENTS Letter opener measures 12.5" long by 1.5" wide and weighs 10oz. CONDITION In good condition considering age and use- (please see all pictures as they form part of the description).Yesteryear Essentials is a local, independent family run antiques store in Los Angeles, CA. It was established in 2011 by me (Pearse) and my wife (Sinead). Whether you are looking to enhance your home decor or are an avid collector, we try to have something wonderful in stock for everyone. The item "Antique Japanese Shakudo Meiji Era Letter Opener Page Turner Cranes Swallows" is in sale since Monday, February 17, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques". The seller is "pearsefee" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.