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Copper Silent Butler, Japan 1920s, Indians on the warpath. Very unusual silent butler. An art deco structure frames a scene of Indians on the warpath apparently about to leap over a river. It has quite a bit of oxidation as you can see from the photos, it was originally silver or nickel plated but the copper is showing through now. the geometric edges appear to have roofs indicated in front of mountains, perhaps to show a village which looks a bit more Japanese than Native American, as do the Native Americans themselves. It is marked on the back with both "Made in Japan" and a Rising Sun mark. A fascinating conversation piece in the form of an odd meeting of cultures. It is about 7" wide.

Added to this listing is the red lacquer brush with black stripe shown in the first three photos, This is also from Japan (the ghost of its label, which it had when I got it, remains on the handle) although it is more recent, Post War from the 1950s. It doesn't look like most sumi e bruahes, being a broad, flat brush instead of rounded and coming to a point, but I believe it was probably meant for art purposes rather than cleaning. It is 12 inches long, with the brush being about 2 1/2' across. Like the crumb catcher, it is very handsome, although in a more classic, dignified way.

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Copper Silent Butler, Japan 1920s, Indians on the warpath, with lacquer brush

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  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: vintage silent butler, red lacquer brush
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