A wood and iron Japanese Funa Tansu sea chest

An exceptional, rare piece, this beautiful Japanese funa tansu or sea chest could no doubt tell a tale or two about what it’s held, seen and where it’s been!

With hand beautiful, elaborate hand forged ironwork and the patina of ages, this chest would have been carried on voyages from client to client. It is not known if the ‘N & Sons 1880’ stamp relates to a client, a merchant voyage or a maker, though we believe the piece predates 1880 quite significantly. A little research may illuminate the life of this stunning piece.

A thing to treasure.


All approximate

Height 39cm excluding handle

Length front to back 45cm

Width left to right 33.5cm

Gent seen is 6ft for scale


Condition: Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact. As seen in the images, but not limited to: surface scratches and knocks and chips/scuffs throughout with losses. Wear and tarnishing and losses to the hardware. No key but the catch works. Old woodworm but retreated as a precaution- not active. The condition is reflected in the price.


Collection only

Please note: This item cannot be shipped but we have an excellent and competitive bespoke courier service. Please email us for more information or a quote. If you wish to collect in person, or to use our courier service, please select "Pick up" at checkout. 

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