Merchant Chests - Choba dansu

Japanese Merchant Chests (Choba dansu) were found all over Japan in stores and used by travelling merchants.

These often have hidden safety boxes where valuable documents and treasures were stored. 

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other chest types 


Antique Mise dansu - Shop Chest

ca. Mid Meiji Period - 1880's
Omi Prefecture
Size H 1685 x  W 765 x  D 410mm
Cedar & Elm (Sugi & Keyaki)
Price $2140

Antique Choba dansu - Ledger Chest

Age Meiji Period 1890's
Height 735mm
Width 755mm
Depth 375mm
Wood Hinoki & Sugi (Cypress & Cedar)
Region Omi
Price $1775

Antique Merchant's Chest

Age Late Edo (ca 1850's)
Height 1000mm
Width 940mm
Depth 430mm
Wood Paulownia & Cedar
Region Sakai
Very clean, original condition choba dansu with hidden compartments
Price $2225

Meiji Period Choba Dansu

Age Early Meiji Period (ca. 1870)
Height 880mm
Width 880mm
Depth 440mm
Wood Sugi & Hinoki (Japanese cedar & Cypress)
Region Gifu
Price $1839
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Fabulous Antique Merchant's Chest

Age Mid-Meiji Period (ca. 1880)
Height 1040mm
Width 1150mm
Depth 475mm
Wood Sugi (Japanese cedar)
If you collect tansu then you will love this piece. Possibly this was in a pharmacy, tailor's or fabric shop
Price $2784
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