1880, paulownia wood, found in Korea after the Japanese Occupation of Korea; original old-fashion key survived. Certified.
This chest has huge historical value. It was made in Japan but taken to Korea during the Japanese Occupation of Korea by a high ranking Japanese official to store his clothes and documents and then left behind when Japan retreated. It was subsequently found by an esteemed American missionary doctor who went to Korea to treat the sick and dying, and was certified by a Korean Professor of Korean History and Antiquity, one of only thirteen certifiers approved by the Korean government in the 1900s.
This chest has two sections, both equal in size, the upper section with two long drawers, the lower section with two short ones attached by a small storage compartment with two drawers inside, and a small drawer below it. An original old-fashioned key is recovered and can unlock all the drawers. This original key adds value to the piece as most furniture lost the key during the war. Each drawer has a circular black iron lock-plate, and all the drawers have iron drawer pulls. The door of the small storage compartment is elaborately decorated with black iron plates. The sides have functional carrying handles through which a pole can be place in case the chest needs to be quickly moved in the event of disasters like fires and earthquicks that frequently visit the Japanese islands.
The piece shows scratch marks in front and has some cracks in the back that are restored in Korea. These imperfections indicate the antiquity of this piece. The chest displays a beautiful aged patina and would add interest in a room because of its history.