Condition: Great

Vintage Japanese Mixed Metal Cigarette Case | Early Showa Period

Pictured is a mixed-metal cigarette case dating from the 1930s. The decoration is quite unusual in most cases. The container is coated with an overall dark rust- colored with enamel, gold wild flowers and grasses. Most interesting however are applied silver quail. The intricate detail of the birds’ features demonstrates the skill of the artist and his close observation of nature. Japanese quail show rapid and dramatic responses to seasonal changes in day length, and are excellent creatures by which to study the mechanism of this response. This case is in a silver-colored metal. It is designed with rounded sides so as to sit comfortably in the hand, or against the body. There is some surface wear to the foundation due to the previous use and handling. Dimensions: 3-1/2”L x 2-3/4”w x 6/8”d.

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