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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1950 item #1222180 (stock #10701)
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Shoemaker’s box with 12 slots holding molds for making waritabi (split toe socks and shoes). The molds have different sizes, each size indicated on the bottom of each mold, going from children’s size to average men’s sizes. 10 pairs, 3 odds and one mold for half a foot, the use of which escapes us. Box construction with dovetails and iron nails. Japan, 20th century.
Box: L 16 ½ x W 9 ½ x H 6 ¾ inches.
About half is in excellent shape, the other half with worm damage at toes and heels, or split and repaired. Rope-handles replaced.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #1189490 (stock #10690)
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$125.00
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of a prawn (ebi). Two parts. Wood. Inscription in black ink on the short side: ebi.
H 1-7/8 x L 8-¼ x W 4-5/8 inches.
Very good condition, some traces of usage (few chips on outer edges, some dents and stains), metal device on bottom section for hanging on wall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #1189419 (stock #10688)
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$75.00
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of the old woman Uba from the island Takasago. Two parts. Wood. Inscription in black ink on the short side, Azukari-gata written on the top in black ink.
H 1-7/8 x L 6-½ x W 4 inches.
Very good condition, some traces of usage (rounded edges due to usage, chip on outer edge), metal device on bottom section for hanging on wall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #1189371 (stock #10687)
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$75.00
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of the old man Jo from the island Takasago. Two parts. Wood. Inscription in black ink on the short side: ..ro (old man).
H 1-¾ x L 7-1/8 x W 4-7/8 inches.
Very good condition, some traces of usage, metal device on bottom section for hanging on wall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #1189271 (stock #10685)
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$60.00
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of a lotus leaf and a lotus bud. Two parts. Soft wood, worn by usage. Ink markings on short side.
H 1-½ x L 6-5/8 x W 3-5/8 inches.
Edges somewhat worn from usage, but carving still fairly sharp, some insect damage mainly on the outside, metal device on bottom section for hanging on wall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #1189270 (stock #10684)
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$120.00
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of a lotus flower. Two parts. Cherry wood with beautiful patina. Maker’s stamp in the side Katayasu (or Keian).
H 1-5/8 x L 6-7/8 x W 3-7/8 inches.
Crack in top section, unprofessionally repaired with nail (old repair, while the mold was still in use), metal device for hanging on wall on bottom section.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #891791 (stock #10562)
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$155.00
Mask made of plaster-like material covered with a brown and black lacquer, details in vibrant red. The face belongs to a Buddhist deity who guards off evil and ignorance, such as Fudo Myoo. Japan, first half 20th century.
H 13.4 inches (33.6 cm).
Some chips in the lacquer, showing the underlying plaster, two tips of hair tugs broken off, good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #773627 (stock #10507)
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$20.00
a) Two-sided cookie mold carved with three molds with text and two with mani-design on one side, and five molds with text on the other side. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period. L 15 7/8 in. (40.4 cm). b) Two-sided cookie mold with five molds with text on each side. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period. L 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm).
a) Traces of usage (some splintering at edges and few stains), b) repaired stress crack. Both with eyelet attached to hang on wall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #773595 (stock #10502)
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Cookie mold carved from a piece of wood too small for the intended size of the cakes, so one edge had to be added. Square molds with diamond patterns. A separate, tightly fit segment shapes the bottoms of the cakes. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period.
L ca. 16.75 in. (42.5 cm).
Some stains, thin stress crack at tip, pegged on edge (this is not a repair, but done at the time of manufacture), some insect damage at tip. Eyelet attached to hang on wall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #773540 (stock #10501)
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$50.00
Two-sided cookie mold for two different candies. One side has 10 half globular indentations to form five spherical candies. The other side has five square molds for cookies with text. Burn mark of the manufacture. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period.
L ca. 13.5 in. (34.2 cm)
Stress crack in the tip, abrasions at the tip, beautiful dark patina from heavy use (obviously on one side only), metal eyelet attached to hang mold on wall. All in all very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1950 item #772245 (stock #10499)
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$300.00
Shop sign or other sign in the shape of a sitting Fukusuke (dwarf) dressed in kamishimo, holding his hands in his lap. Inscription on the bottom. One side decorated. Wood with incised decoration. Iron ring inserted on top. Japan, 20th century.
H incl. ring: 26.5 inches (67.4 cm)
Wood cracked where ring inserted, otherwise good condition.

Fukusuke are believed to bring prosperity to business, hence probably the inscription of ‘full house’ at the bottom. It has approximatly th esame meaning as a maneki neko.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #771805 (stock #10495)
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$125.00
Single piece kashigata for peony-shaped candy. Cherry wood. Japan, early 20th century.
Br. L 11.5 inches (29.2 cm).
Some dents and scratches, all attributed to use.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #488330 (stock #10392)
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$40.00
Cookie mold with two-sided use. On one side three gourds. On the other side four molds for cakes with the text daishi (great master). Japan, Taisho period.
Length 11 1/2 in. (29.8 cm).
Hole for hanging device in handle, otherwise excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1950 item #376620 (stock #10273)
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$50.00
Small bag for transporting an conch (hora) shell. Finely knotted silk threads, made into a shippo design. A thicker and a thinner cord are used for keeping the upper side shut and for strapping the bag to the back. The mouth piece of the shell would protrude through the small opening, while the natural opening of the shell will be caught within the large opening of the bag. Golden yellow silk. Japan, first half 20th century.
Length of bag 12 in. (31 cm).
Some of the threads broken at the upper edge, where the thinner cord is woven into the bag, and at the bottom, where the thicker cord is attached to the bag and at other stress points. Slightly soiled.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #341772 (stock #10183)
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$225.00
Very simple box made of sugi-wood, corners and seams fortified with copper strips. Inside, behind a slide there is a pile of three boxes, the top most with a cover. On the top company? name burned into wood: Maefune. H 9 ½; W 6; D 10 inches (24,1 x 15,1 x 25,5 cm). Japan, early 20th century. Traces of usage, some warping, few tears in wood, generally good condition.
This piece was probably used by a craftsman.