A Very rare an extraordinary antique Japanese Kuruma tansu (wheeled chest) made of kirinoki (paulownia) wood. Extremely rare design, Most possibly a tansu from the Akita Castle.
All original including the finish and hand forged iron fittings. Top hinged lid over a thin flat compartment, sliding door compartment locked door reveals inner drawers, bottom sliding door compartment has key that reveals small drawers. There are iron rope rings on each corner to help roll this chest form place to place. Unique fulled ribbed exterior designed which adds but to its strength, security, and durability. Red lacquered mark "XX" is on front face is the chest's number fo the wealthy household.
Age: Edo Period (1603 - 1868)
Dimensions: 45" wide x 21" deep x 41 3/4" high