JAPANESE ARITA TOSHIKANE STERLING SILVER SAMURAI WARRIOR CUFFLINKS
Toshikane Cufflinks - porcelain sterling silver
The Toshikane Company made porcelain buttons and in turn created jewelry including, bracelets, earrings, cufflinks, tie tacs, and hair ornaments. Their pieces are usually square - rectangular, flat with raised detail and black background. Occasionally, pieces are made in three dimensions, most notably the 7 Gods of Fortune series. Popular motifs include the 7 Gods, flowers, birds, butterflies, dragons, geishas, pagodas, fans, with the samurai being one of the rarest designs. The jewelry is usually set in silver. Marks typically include Toshikane, a fan-shaped banner with the Toshikane logo in Japanese writing, Japan, and Silver. The company produced at least as early as the 1940s (possibly older) through the 1960s (possibly longer?). Swank produced a line of men's dress jewelry including cufflinks and tie tacs using the Toshikane porcelains during the 1960s. The company is located in Tokyo Japan. Dimensions / Hallmarks: These cufflinks have the appropriate patina for their age.
Swank Arts of the World Collection:
The Arts of the World collection by Swank was a collection of very beautiful cufflinks, each one representing the arts of a particular country or region of the world. They range from Brazilian topaz to hand-carved oriental pieces. The collection dates from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. While many designs have been documented by ads, there are most likely other styles that were part of the collection but not yet identified as such. Also, some designs (such as the carved stone elephant standing on a metal base) came in the same design but with varying materials.
Date of production: c.1960
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Item: 1950's Japanese bone china silver Samurai cuff links by Toshikane. Toshikane touted their company as having "The highest skill attained by ceramic art in Japan". These were hand enameled by an artisan and set in sterling silver.
Measurements: 5/8" x 3/4"
This is a vintage pair of cufflinks with some minor signs of age and wear. Please ZOOM IN and study pictures carefully for the best description of the item and to determine condition for yourself.
Antiques: Asian Antiques: Japan: Other Japanese Antiques