Komai Bracelet, Antique Jewellery, Butterfly Design


Original Japanese antique.

Title: Komai Bracelet
Date: early 20th century
Length: approx 20 cm
Plates: approx 1 cm diametre
Condition: Some wear and fading.

Traditional vintage Japanese Komai bracelet gold-plated over brass, with butterfly and flower-shaped iron inserts containing 24k gold and silver designs inlaid, such as Mount Fuji, landscapes, and birds. Each panel linked in two places to the next. With safety chain.


The Meiji period brought many cultural changes to Japan after the country opened its doors to the West, as well as structural changes to the government, with it. What most critically impacted the arts, was the new ruling outlawing the carrying of swords by samurai. This ruling suddenly put swordsmiths and sword furniture artisans into a tight spot, as they lost most of their clientele. As a result, the Komai family, like many others, had to find another form of livelihood.


Luckily, these swordsmithing and metalworking skills could be used to produce a variety of items. Upon realising this, craftsmen started making various every-day metal objects that featured inlays. Among these objects are vases, mirrors, cigarette/tobacco cases, make-up cases, cufflinks and jewellery, mostly made for export and taking the shape of Western items. Komai Otojiro devoted himself to make higher-quality pieces for national or foreign exhibition to establish the Komai brand. His works were shown at foreign exhibitions, being very well received. Komai items were only produced for a limited amount of time and today they are rare collectibles.

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SizeLength: approx 20 cm, Plates: approx 1 cm diametre
SubjectLandscapes, Flowers & Botanical
Product Dateearly 20th century