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Sword Hilt with Fishing Boats and Water Birds Matchsafe, late 19th century

This is a Matchsafe. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1982. Its medium is shakudo, gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Carol B. Brener and Stephen W. Brener. It is credited Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.

Its dimensions are

5.2 x 2.6 x 2 cm (2 1/16 x 1 x 13/16 in. )

It has the following markings

Unidentified Japanese stamp in gold on side of box; unidentifed Japanese characters incised in box bottom, adjacent to striker.

Cite this object as

Sword Hilt with Fishing Boats and Water Birds Matchsafe, late 19th century; Japan; shakudo, gold; 5.2 x 2.6 x 2 cm (2 1/16 x 1 x 13/16 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1982-23-243

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