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Old 08-28-2019, 04:24 PM   #1
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A local friend of mine is in possession of this rather colorful cigarette case. I can honestly say that I have never seen another one like it. Then again, I don't collect Japanese items...

He and I are both interested in general feedback on this item. Are these "colorized" cases common? Were they custom-made for important people or mass-produced for just about anybody to purchase?

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Old 08-28-2019, 04:27 PM   #2
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Old 08-28-2019, 05:32 PM   #3
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Cloisonné enamel case & not military. Could be a souvenir from occupation or earlier
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Chinese ?
Old 08-30-2019, 10:29 PM   #4
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It has been suggested that this cigarette case may actually be of Chinese origin, not Japanese. Is there any substance to that conjecture? Interested in more comments, please!
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Old 08-30-2019, 11:45 PM   #5
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Chinoiserie, very popular in England in the 18th. century and then again around the 1890's-1900's. when it was mostly anything Japanese. I would think it dates to the later period.
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Old 08-31-2019, 12:58 PM   #6
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With the dragon having 3 toes it may be Japanese.
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Old 08-31-2019, 01:15 PM   #7
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Doesn't look cloisonné enamel. Looks like it is painted. There is a lot of wear where the copper is showing through the colors.
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