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Antique Japanese Shakudo Ring
Antique Japanese Shakudo Ring
Antique Japanese Shakudo Ring
Antique Japanese Shakudo Ring
Antique Japanese Shakudo Ring
Antique Japanese Shakudo Ring
Antique Japanese Shakudo Ring

Story

The end of the great Samurai era took with it not only the military nobility themselves but the revered artisans who crafted all weapons, armor and other necessary accoutrements of those magnificent warriors.

Shakudo, invented by the Japanese, is a metal alloy of copper which usually contains 3% to 5% gold. It has a very dark blue color approaching black and was traditionally used for sword fittings and handles.

Here is a very fine example of a “kashira” (pommel cap covering the tip of the hilt of Japanese swords and daggers) which has been reinvented as a ring.

The iconography of a field of flowers running in a diagonal across the surface in two rows. Rendered in copper, gold and silver gilt we see the rich purple black textured patina typical of Japanese mixed metal work that comes with age.

The quality of the work and its aesthetic sensibilities are evident with the ring’s setting all in silver.

Antique Japanese Shakudo RingAntique Japanese Shakudo RingAntique Japanese Shakudo RingAntique Japanese Shakudo RingAntique Japanese Shakudo RingAntique Japanese Shakudo RingAntique Japanese Shakudo Ring
Item 19955

Antique Japanese Shakudo Ring

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Date: Circa 1880 for the Shakudo, the ring mounting was added later.

Measurements: Length of 1 3/8 inches by 11/16 inches wide and 3/16 inches high. Weight of 12.2 grams

Hallmarks: Silver.

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: Japanese.

Story

The end of the great Samurai era took with it not only the military nobility themselves but the revered artisans who crafted all weapons, armor and other necessary accoutrements of those magnificent warriors.

Shakudo, invented by the Japanese, is a metal alloy of copper which usually contains 3% to 5% gold. It has a very dark blue color approaching black and was traditionally used for sword fittings and handles.

Here is a very fine example of a “kashira” (pommel cap covering the tip of the hilt of Japanese swords and daggers) which has been reinvented as a ring.

The iconography of a field of flowers running in a diagonal across the surface in two rows. Rendered in copper, gold and silver gilt we see the rich purple black textured patina typical of Japanese mixed metal work that comes with age.

The quality of the work and its aesthetic sensibilities are evident with the ring’s setting all in silver.

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