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    Posted 2 months ago

    kwqd
    (769 items)

    This Japanese faux bronze cast iron rabbit okimono is about 6" long x 3.5" high x about 6" wide due to his big, floppy ears. It weighs a bit over 3 lbs and has a "JAPAN" label with a Mt. Fuji theme. Guessing this was made 1921-1941, based on the label. There is some finish loss on the ears but it is in surprisingly nice condition, otherwise. The casting is not perfect and I think the maker missed a bet by not doing a little hand work to define the nose and mouth. The label offers some hope of identifying the maker, which is currently unknown.

    I was just browsing metal things labeled "Japan" on an online action site and reflexively made an offer 20% lower than the asking price when I saw the label and the seller accepted it. jscott0363 has explained the use of faux bronze on cast iron during the early 1900s and I suspect this fits in that category. I was very attracted to the rabbit, too, as I do not have a Japanese metal rabbit, yet, and this one is a corker. A very important indistinct "JAPAN" was part of the mold under the left paw of Mr. Wabbit, smaller and much less readable than a similar mark on one of jscott0363's hares.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Nice one and with it's original Japan label!! I love the Japanese hares and have several in my collection, but none with the original Japan label.
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks jscott0363! Very fortunate that the label has survived. Guessing it has not had many owners in the last 100 years..

      Thanks dav2no1 and jscott0363!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for taking the rabbit test valentino97, nutsabotas6, PhilDMorris, Thomas, Hoot60, Watchsearcher, Kevin, Jenni and fortapache!
    4. KinkiPlz KinkiPlz, 2 months ago
      love it!
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      Wow, 80-100 year old “WABBIT”. Don’t you just love it when you find such a treasure, and then the seller agrees to give it to you for less? Yay on an incredible find Kevin!
      I love your “WABBIT”!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for your comment KinkiPlz! Me too!

      Thanks for your comments Eileen! I was very pleasantly surprised by the seller's generosity, for sure. I did not realize how old it probably is, so kudos to jscott0363 for his great research. It was a lucky find for me.

      Thanks for loving my Japanese hare Eileen, KinkiPlz, aura and ho2cultcha!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thank you Manikin and Vynil33rpm!

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