Metal fittings on traditional Japanese furnishings may be generally broken down into the categories of locks (jomai), hingers (chotsugai), various pulls, pole-carrying handles (sao-toshi), latches (tone-kanagu), decorative hardware (kaziri-kanagu), and sash hardware (obi-kanagu).
The piece shown is a sliding-panel finger-hold (tekake). Through all historical periods flower-shaped escutcheons were used with both furniture (tansu) as well as shoji panel sliders. Metals for fittings include iron, copper, brass, nickel silver, silver, and certain other alloys. Of these, iron, brass, silver and copper (most expensive) were the most widely used. This finger hold has a Ginkgo leaf motif on the outer rim of the escutcheon and is made of brass. Age: Late 1800’s. Dimensions: 4-0” x 3-3/8
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection