A highly decorated, rich looking traveling utensil carrier from China for those nights when you want to eat out.
A tube with three compartments, paktong fittings at the top, bottom and a clamp in the middle. These fittings hold together outer skins of bone and a spotted bamboo. A pair of chopsticks, and a metal bladed knife with a bone handle decorated with scrimshaw are stored inside the handle. You can see the dark black specks in the bone on all pieces. The chopsticks have carved birds as finials. The bone knife handle has black lined designs of flowers and mountains. The outer casing bone panel has a black lined scene of a sage in the garden. There is an attached round toggle with brown cord and metal ring. It is made of bone too, as I can see small black lines and specks.
There is the word CHINA stamped twice on the top of the knife’s metal blade.
11 ½” (29.2 cm) long x 3/4” (1.9 cm) wide x 1” (2.5 cm) deep. The bone ring has an outer diameter of 1 1/8”.
Weighs 4.6 oz (130 g)
There is a small paktong fitting missing on the bamboo portion of the base. There is a separation of the wood and bone at the top of one side of the knife handle. The paktong fittings are still shiny. The bamboo is a nice deep yellow and brown. There is a crack on the bone outer casing about in the middle. The crack does not extend around the casing. There are some fine hairline cracks from aging to both compartments and scratches to the metal, but no other breaks or chips.
A beautiful, rich, old utensil case and set to add to a collection or be an object to sit on a table for a rich accent.