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15D6 Choba Tansu w/ Secret Compartment

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Material: Kiri (Paulownia)
Age: Middle Meiji period ( 1880's - 1890's)
H: 31.00 inches, W: 32.25 inches, D: 16.13 inches
Price: $2,450.00

Product Description

This is an antique Japanese merchant chest called Choba Tansu.  Constructed from Paulownia wood (Kiri) and comes with a secret compartment.

Merchant chests were displayed with pride by the owner of a shop to give customers the impression of success and longevity of the business establishment.  It was almost always situated in a prominent location of the store to catch the view of the client.

It has a secret box that was hidden from thieves.  To access this box, both bottom drawers behind the hinged door must be removed.  Firmly holding the wall that separates the drawers, it slides forward revealing an opening at the back of the right drawer cavity where the box can be found. 

These items from the latest shipment have not yet been restored. They can be purchased now prior to restoration and once the work is complete we will send  you photos of the item. If you are not completely satisfied, we will refund the purchase price.