This two-piece, boxed set of a Hair Comb, (Kushi), and Hair Pin, (Kogai), are wonderful and elegant examples of adornment worn by Japanese women as early as the Jomon period (1000-300 BCE), and were in wide use during the Edo period (1603-1868). Their use declined significantly during the late Taisho period (1920s), when Japanese women adopted the more current hairstyles worm by Western women.
These hair ornaments were made with beautiful, fine, materials such as Ivory (Zouge), Coral, Jade, Tortoiseshell (Bekko), Sterling, and Gold. In the 1930’s, they were also made of Bakelite, and all are now highly sought after by collectors. Many were embellished with fine lacquer work and inlaid with Mother of Pearl (Raden). This particular motif is of bamboo which represents one of the auspicious Japanese New Year’s motifs promoting “Good Luck”. The pieces are featured in their original Kiriwood display box. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: (comb) 3-3/4″ x 1 1/2″; (hair pin) 6-0″ x 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