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Japanese Tansu 7 drawer chest of drawers

Japanese Tansu 7 drawer chest of drawers by dhewat on Etsy, $400.00

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Vintage "Souvenir of Galveston, Tex." Japanese Hand-Painted Red Lacquered Miniature Tansu Chest - Jewelry Box, Tiny Cabinet, Drawers

You can't help but be amused by an item that declares itself a "Souvenir of Galveston, Tex." but is clearly made in Japan! Pretty much nothing about it has anything to do with Galveston except the label. This is a miniature "tansu" chest (a traditional Japanese portable storage cabinet with many drawers and cubbyholes). It can be used as a jewelry box or trinket box. The red lacquer is a little different than the black that is more common. Each drawer / door features a hand-painted Japanese scene with gold and silver highlights. Smaller drawers have tiny metal hardware, while the tiny door has a ring pull with a gold silk tassel attached. Bottom drawer has two silvery-bead knobs (replaced). Size: About 5.25 inches high x 4.25 inches wide x 2-7/8 inches deep Age: 1920s to 1950s. Although this type of jewelry box was very popular in the 1950s, I think this one is older than that. The style of the Galveston label looks more 1920s to me. It is lacking any permanent "made in Japan" marks, which might indicate age as well, though it's possible it once had a paper label. Materials: Wood, paint, metal, silk Marks: "Souvenir of Galveston, Tex." appears to be a decal, which would make sense as it was probably added later, after import. A hand-written in paint "185" might be the original price ($1.85). Condition: Light wear here and there, but no major loss of paint. As mentioned, knobs on lower drawer have been replaced. *** Your shipping charge is determined by your location. Click on the “Shipping & Policies” tab above and enter your location to see the shipping charge. I do my best to estimate the final shipping weight and dimensions so that the charge is accurate. I will refund any shipping overage you pay if it is more than $2. Thanks for looking, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. If you want to check out more cool vintage stuff, visit my shop: Please note that I use recycled packing materials whenever possible. Go Green, Buy Vintage … the Planet will Thank You! 1932