Hi Would appreciate it if anyone could identify the silversmith who made this very charming and highly decorative parasol handle. It just has a single mark. Any details about the maker would be a plus. Many thanks Frank
The mark reads "jungin" ("pure silver"), pointing to Japan.
One possibility is Nomura, a major Meiji-Taisho maker known for high-relief floral designs on tea sets, bowls, and vanity sets. As far as I know, Nomura's work was always signed é‡Žæ‘é€ ("Nomura-made"), but the parasol may have been part of a set in which only some pieces were signed by the maker.
Without a maker's mark, it is impossible to make a definite attribution. Searching for examples of Nomura's work might turn up a signed piece with this design.
Dont know if you still have this item, but I have a similar handle, slighty diferent shape but same decoration of hanging wisteria and on mine it has the Jungin mark and the word MUSASHIYA who I believe are Japanese makers from Yokohama.
Many thanks for posting great photos of a splendid object.
The Chinese characters are, indeed, a jungin mark.
It looks like "Musashiya" was restruck over a weak first impression.
I am not completely certain that Musashiya was the only Japanese maker of enameled silver, but the similarity between this parasol handle and the first one are certainly obvious. There is also the possibility that the maker of such parasol handles supplied them to more than one retailer.
Yes, I thought it was a restruck mark. You can make out some of the same letters underneath but they are not as 'strong' as the obvious MUSASHIYA. Would love to know who the designer/silversmith was, it is such a beautiful object and have been unable to find another (other than the original one in this thread) on the net. Have found tea services etc but no other handle.