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Hand operated sewing machine Hand operated sewing machine

Hand sewing machine, an early type 12K with mother-of-pearl inlay and a wood cover, by Singer, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, 1881

Rosary Rosary

Antique rosary with beads and cross inlaid with mother of pearl and a silver skull

Sword Sword

Sword, with a curved single-edged steel blade, a wooden hilt covered in shark skin and laced with black silk cord, and a sword sheath of black lacquered wood with longitudinal stripes and sprinkled with mother-of-pearl: Japan, blade 15th century, mount 19th century

Writing box Writing box

Writing box (suzuribako) of wood, the lid decorated with design of a cockerel standing on a barrel inlaid in tortoiseshell, ivory and mother-of-pearl, also lacquer: Japan, 19th century

Box Box

Document box and lid of lacquered wood, with design of family of chickens by a brushwood fence in gold lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay: Japan, mid 19th century

Writing box Writing box

Writing box (suzuribako) of lacquered wood, interior decorated with maple leaves in lacquer and mother-of-pearl, containing ink-stone and water dropper: Japan, 18th century

Inro Inro

Inro or medicine case of lacquered wood, with four compartments, depicting hunter in landscape in mother-of-pearl and gold lacquer on a black ground: Japan, 19th century

Inro Inro

Inro or medicine case of black lacquered wood, with four compartments, with a sparrow and millet in relief in gold lacquer, silver and mother-of-pearl, a nashiji interior: Japan, Koma school, 18th - 19th century

Inro Inro

Inro or medicine case with four compartments, with a conch-shell horn in relief mother-of-pearl, a war-drum and baton in gold takamakie, a nashiji interior: Japan, by Kajikawa Toshihide, late 18th century

Inro Inro

Inro of ro-iro lacquered wood, with five compartments, with a plum tree in gold takamakie with the flowers in red lacquer and mother-of-pearl: Japan, by Shiomi Masakage, 1710-1764

Inro Inro

Inro with four compartments, of ivory decorated with caparisoned elephant and Chinese children (karako) in mother-of-pearl, malachite and steatite, suspended from a kagamibuta netsuke of ivory set with glass and emamel, and held by a lacquer ojime encrusted with mother-of-pearl and steatite: Japan, by Shibayama Kazuyuki, late 19th century

Inro Inro

Inro with four compartments, of lacquered wood decorated Shibayama style in mother-of-pearl, steatite, jadeite and tortoiseshell with a cockatiel on a branch, suspended from a stirrup-shaped netsuke of bronze, and held by an ojime of agate: Japan, 19th century

Box Box

Box of ivory, oval, inlaid in relief with flowers and foliage in tinted mother-of-pearl: Japan, 19th century

Netsuke Netsuke

Netsuke of carved ivory, Daikoku's mallet, with early Shibayama work in tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl, unsigned: Japan

Netsuke Netsuke

Netsuke of wood, ivory and mother-of-pearl, Zhong Kui (J: Shoki) the Demon-Queller standing with a sword held over a small demon in his grasp, signed: by Higo Daijo, Osaka, Japan, late 18th century

Box Box

Box and lid, circular; the lid-panel, mouth-rim and footring are of black lacquered wood with mother-of-pearl inlay; the sides are of rattan cane basketry; the panel is decorated with figures in a garden; the mouth-rim and footring are inlaid with coins and petals; the base bears a mother-of-pearl plaque with "Da Ming Wanli": China, possibly Ming dynasty, Wanli reign, 17th century

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