Posted 11 months ago
This great desk set from Japan is unused and arrived in it's original box.
The inscription on the front states it is a commendation by the Minister of Education and is dated May 21 1936. Perhaps this was a gift for retirement or job well done or as a special thanks commemorating a visit. I will probably never know.
I believe it has been made in Japan as they had all of the skills to manufacture something like this, but it may have been imported and reboxed.
The ink wells are cut crystal and the base and well lids are made from polished black glass. The pen stands are an early Bakelite-like plastic, and the metal fittings appear to be brass plated steel.
Measures about 16cm by 10cm.
It was immediately adopted by a young history buff in the household who fancies himself a gentlemanly type. Unfortunately that same young man has crap writing so I won't let him use it with ink and a quill. Cruel? Nah, just a realistic parent who would like her desk set to say pristine.