Beautiful, antique chinoiserie brooch: This symbol, the Japanese kanji for “happiness,” is hand wrought in silver more pure than simple sterling. The delicate etching on the featured surface shows the hand of a skilled artist in every stroke.
The T-bar or “trumpet” clasp faded from use in the 1920s. It was common for Japanese artisans to use .950 purity silver in their fine works. The back of this pin is marked Sterling 950 so it was likely made to be exported; In the 1920s, that would mean it was a gift for a respected visitor or business contact rather than a trade export as is common now.
The design measures approximately 35 mm from top to bottom and 30 mm parallel to the clasp. The clasp is original with no signs of misuse or repair. Overall, this piece weighs 5 grams.
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35 mm long x 30 mm wide