HISTORY: Most of you probably have mirrors made of glass at home. In Japan,however, mirrors made of bronze (copper mixed with tin and lead) were used until the Edo period (1615-1868). These mirrors had a design on the back side, while the front was gilt with tin and beautifully polished to create a reflective surface. You can still see your face in some of these early bronze mirrors even now. During the Edo period (1600-1868), mirrors decorated with lucky symbols or Chinese characters were given at weddings.The faces of mirrors were highly polished or burnished, with itinerant tinners and polishers specializing in this work. Since the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, were symbols of Imperial power, mirror-makers were deeply revered and often given honorary titles such as Tenka-Ichi ('First under Heaven'). However, this title was often misused and was officially prohibited in 1682. Bronze mirrors were replaced by glass mirrors after the Meiji Restoration (1868).DESCRIPTION: This Rare Japanese Edo Period, 18th Century AD (1600-1868) Bronze Handle Mirror is From The Famous " Fujiwara" Royal Family- is decorated with lotus flower motif in center of mirror and intricate floral scroll design surrounding center motif. The mirror is inscribed Fujiwara Masashige saku (âe~Made by Masashige of the Fujiwara family'). Makers of mirrors often had high status in Japan because the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, formed part of the Imperial Regalia. To say that these mirrors are scarce is an understatement. The majority of these mirrors are in private collections or museums. This exquisite mirror is in excellent condition, considering It's age. Normal oxidation and wear to backside of mirror, but not drastic ( See Pics), handle is missing It's original rattan binding, which is very typical with a mirror of this age (Rattan wrap can easily be replaced on handle) Front side is in outstanding condition and Japanese characters in signature crest can easily be read. This mirror is for the serious Antique Japanese Bronze collector, this mirror is museum quality and has royal providence!!!! BOOK VALUE IS APPROX. $1,000-$1,500 because of It's provedence. (Came Private Estate, They Were Huge Collectors of Japanese & Chinese Antiques.) PLEASE NOTE : I WILL EXCEPT PAYPAL PAYMENT, BUT PREFER TO RECEIVE PAYMENT BY PERSONAL CHECK AS LONG AS BUYER IS LOCATED WITHIN CALIFORNIA. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS MUST PAY THROUGH PAYPAL AND USE GLOBAL PRORITY OR EXPRESS MAIL FOR INSURED TRACKABLE SHIPPING. I WILL SHIP IN A TIMELY MANNER. PLEASE NOTE: (Shipping will be stipulated by weight and location) Note: Insurance is offered through UPS up to the first $100 in value. To insure any item valued at more than $100 is $2.40 per additional $100 in value. UPS charges in increments of $100. I WILL BE USING UPS GROUND OR US MAIL, DEPENDING ON WEIGHT AND AREA SHIPPED TO. INSURANCE IS OPTIONAL, BUYER MUST REQUEST, T WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE. SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM WILL BE $10.00 because of weight and need to insure , this price applies only within the US, will quote all international shipping on invoice sent. ( US Mail Within USA Only) PLEASE ADD
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