Edo, Silver and Shell

For Japanese collectors, a silver and tortoiseshell comb from the Edo era, with the silver carved into birds on Mt. Fuji and the kogai made to match, is a treasure rare to behold. I believe there is a drop pearl hanging from the bonsai tree on the left. The artwork is museum level on this comb, even though the condition was not at its best. It sold for $1300 at live auction. I and another Japanese collector bid $750 and $800, respectively, but we couldn’t get our hands on it.

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