The crane is a mystical creature believed to live for a thousand years. She carries long life and good fortune to you with each sweep of her powerful wings. This antique Japanese crane is hand wrought pierced brass, etched with elegant detail.
This is a family piece, so I’m certain that it dates from the 1930’s or before. My grandparents were missionaries in Japan beginning in the 1920s and they had a dear friend who was a missionary in China. Gifts they sent and received during that time often came from the tinker’s cart. Some were newly crafted but most were very old, having been traded to the tinker by the families along his route for some household necessity.
This is a large brooch, measuring approximately 50 mm (2 inches) in diameter. The clasp on the back is the original C-clasp used in the 1920s and earlier. There is no sign of repair or replacement in the intervening years. Our antique Japanese crane brooch weighs 9 grams. Sadly, there is no artist signature or mark to identify the hand that created this graceful bird.
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50 mm diameter