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12D6 Choba Tansu with Secret Compartment

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Material: Kiri (Paulownia)
Age: Middle Meiji period ( 1880's - 1890's)
H: 31.25 inches, W: 32.00 inches, D: 16.00 inches
Price: $1,850.00

Product Description

This is an authentic antique Japanese merchant chest called Choba Tansu from the mid Meiji era (1880's-1890's).  It was constructed from Paulownia (Kirinoki) wood and Persimmon (Kakinoki) and the iron fittings were hand made.

It has a secret compartment at the back of the drawer behind the hinged door. 

Merchant chests were used by business owners for both function and marketing.  For function, it served to store business papers, documents, valuables, books, stationery and sometimes calligraphy brushes, inkstone and inksticks.  For marketing, it was displayed in a prominent part of the store so that customers would visually think that the business was established and successful to afford such a fancy and impressive form of furniture.