There are thirteen different methods that are utilized in metal casting, depending on the type of product to be made, and the intended form of expression required. Cast in one of these ways, the range of manufactured goods extends from table ornaments, flower vases, censers, panels, and bronze sculptures to large statues of Buddha. Some light fittings are also being made along with table clocks, paper weights, and bookends, which all make use of the qualities of the material.
This is a Japanese cast iron bunchin – (pronounced “boon-chin”). Japanese decorative paper weights or bunchin are made of solid iron and beautifully crafted, and often whimsical decorations which are employed to give character and individuality to each piece while complimenting the user’s personality or profession.
Paper weights were primarily used in banking, calligraphy and art. This bunchin is decorated with images of old-style Japanese Coins in raised relief. The paperweight dates from the early to mid-Showa period (1926-1960). Dimensions: 8-1/8” x3/4”.
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