Edo Period, ca. early 1800s
This yatate, or traveler's pen case, is made of wrought brass, and has a long tube to hold the brush and a deep pot for the ink, which would have been saturated in a cotton wad. The lid snaps snugly over the pot to contain the ink, and a tab connected to the lid covers the end of the tube that contains the brush. A logo is inscribed on the tab in the form of a hiragana ya beneath a roof-shaped mark. A brass loop for attachment is still intact on the tube near the ink pot. The opposite end of the tube ends in a brass ball. There are a few small nicks and scratches from use, as would be expected, but it is generally in very good condition.
Length: 8 ¼ in., Height: 2 3/8 in.