japanese imperial chrysanthemum crest on silver box

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japanese imperial chrysanthemum crest on silver box

Postby trechic » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:10 pm

Good day Japanese Silver Experts & friends. I have tried to locate who or what the crest on top of this box means. Also, I am unable to understand the Japanese Symbols on the bottom along with trying to date this piece. If anyone could lend some help it would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: japanese imperial chrysanthemum crest on silver box

Postby dognose » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:59 am

Hi Trechic,

The first two marks, I believe, translate to 'Pure Silver', the second two, 'Mitsukoshi'.

See: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=24259&p=81386&hilit=Mitsukoshi#p81386

Some years ago I purchased a book containing the details of over 4,000 Japanese crests, even with that resource, I've never been able to identify a single one!

Trev.

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Re: japanese imperial chrysanthemum crest on silver box

Postby trechic » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:41 pm

Thanks again, Trev. I appreciate the marks input.
Do you have a sense as to time frame on these marks? This piece a "Meji Period" piece?

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Re: japanese imperial chrysanthemum crest on silver box

Postby dognose » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:33 pm

I could only offer a speculative guess at the first quarter of the 20th century.

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Re: japanese imperial chrysanthemum crest on silver box

Postby RedMask » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:47 am

Hello there.
I think this box from Taisho period or early Showa.
Page from "Daruma" magazine, issue 62.

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Re: japanese imperial chrysanthemum crest on silver box

Postby trechic » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:30 pm

That is amazing information. I appreciate your legwork on the piece.

Here is info on the Prince for others in the future:

His Imperial Highness Prince Chichibu (Yasuhito) was born in 1902, the second son of Emperor Taisho. His given name was Yasuhito, while his personal title for the young members was Prince Atsu. Prince Chichibu married Setsuko Matsudaira, first daughter of the late Tsuneo Matsudaira, on 28 September 1928.
Prince Chichibu was an active promoter of international goodwill, serving in such positions as Honorary President of both the Japan-British Society and the Swedish Society of Japan. Prince Chichibu was also widely renowned among the people of Japan as the "sporting Prince" due to his efforts to promote skiing, rugby and other sports.
Prince Chichibu passed away on 4 January 1953.

Her Imperial Highness Princess Chichibu (Setsuko) was born on 9 September 1909, the eldest daughter of the late Tsuneo Matsudaira.
In addition to her official duties at the palace, Princess Chichibu supported the activities of a number of groups in various fields, including international goodwill, health, sports and scholarship. She was particularly involved for many years with the activities of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association in her position as President.
Princess Chichibu passed away on 25 August 1995.


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