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Antique wooden Japanese abacus or soroban. This abacus was designed especially for merchants as the bead rows are identified with hand-carved digit markers, while normal Japanese abacus have digit markers only every 3 or 4 rows. The beads and casing are all made of wood. This was probably manufactured between 1850 and 1930. This date range can be inferred due to the number of beads it contains. Abacus/Soroban manufactured in Japan before 1850 included a 2/5 bead combination (2 beads on the upper deck and 5 beads on the lower deck). The Japanese formally changed to a 1/5 style in 1850 and then finally a 1/4 style in 1930 when all of the Japanese school text books were revised. This abacus/soroban has the 1/5 bead style.

The abacus is in good condition with the most amazing patina...soft and smooth wood. It has been well cared for. There is one corner that has wear, but totally consistent with the age of this item.

This abacus measures 13" long x 4 1/2" wide x 2" deep.

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SALE - ANTIQUE Wooden Japanese ABACUS or Soroban


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: antique wood, abacus beads, Japanese writing, handcarved Japanese writing
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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