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Antique Japanese Late Edo Era 3 Drawer Funadansu Sugi & Iron 16.5"

Antique Japanese Late Edo Era 3 Drawer Funadansu Sugi & Iron 16.5"

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Known as a kakesuzuri (portable document chest) or a funadansu (ship's chest) from the late Edo era (c 1860). This tansu chest has three  document drawers within a swing open door. Made of solid sugi (Japanese cedar) wood. All the metal hardware is hand forged iron with a protective blacken burnt lacquer.

Kakesuzuri and funadansu were used as portable accounting chests and money boxes used to carry the ship's logs and funds while sailing the Japan inland sea. Made with old world craftsmanship with wooden pin lap joint construction.

The method of construction as well as all the forged iron work on this chest helps to date it. This chest was used to hold documents and writing materials, as well as, money and valuables. All drawers open and close smoothly. The triple hinged lidded front swings open and closes easily.

All three drawers open and close smoothly. Along with a century ad a half old warm patina this chest remains in fine original antique condition.

This tansu chest measures 10.5" wide by 9'' tall by 16.5" deep. A very warm accent for your home or office. Great storage in a solid side piece.
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