Shakudo is the use of mixed metal alloys and was originally used in Japanese armor and swords. Artisans would sometimes remove the Shakudo plaques from the armor and incorporate it into jewelry or art. It has become very collectible and quite unusual.
An exquisite Shakudo letter opener from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This beautiful and very unusual piece has a carnelian blade and a wonderfully ornate handle made of bronze. The handle has a traditional mixed metals Shakudo image which includes a small bonsai tree with flowers, birds and a man. The handle is double sided, with a complimentary image on the opposite side. The carnelian blade features a variety of lovely red and brown hues and the piece, which is very collectable, is fully functional and could easily be used as a letter opener today. It's a fabulous and special piece and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The letter opener in total measures 7 3/4" long. The blade measures 3 3/4" long, slightly more than 1/2" wide and 1/8" thick. The handle measures 4" long, 7/8" at its widest point and 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the letter opener is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carnelian blade or to the Shakudo bronze handle.