An antique Japanese Choba Tansu (Merchant Chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original hand forged iron hardware including the Kakute style handles and the decorative front drawer corners. Double side by side drawers above with sliding doors and three drawers below made this a functional chest for a merchant to store his business books and records as well as store valuables. Double through mortise and tenon joinery construction with supporting side and rare back horizontal slats.
Age: Meiji period (1868-1890)
Dimensions: 30 7/8″ Wide by 38 5/8″ High by 16 3/8″ Deep