antique ceremonial shakudo wedding buttons brooches jewellery
highly collectible shakudo buttons depicting cranes for a happy marriage
1800s Antique Japanese Shakudo Button Brooches • Wedding Cranes in Mixed Metals
japanese antique brooch from the 1800s Japanese Meiji period
1800s Antique Japanese Shakudo Button Brooches • Wedding Cranes in Mixed Metals

1800s Antique Japanese Shakudo Button Brooches • Wedding Cranes in Mixed Metals

Regular price £1,200.00
Two absolutely exquisite antique 1800s Japanese Meiji period wedding or ceremonial shakudo jewellery buttons/brooches with incredible detailed mixed metalwork design depicting a pair of cranes under a setting sun or rising moon with gold trees.
  • Comprising of of two antique buttons now brooches all pictured with wonderfully detailed artistic netsuke cranes in shakudo mixed metals of gold and silver picked out in high relief on the black of the main discs.
  • On the reverse are pins but it looks like these were once buttons as you can see evidence of a central mount. However the pins look like they were done many years ago.
  • They measure 30mm.
  • Symbolically the Japanese crane was used to represent a long and happy marriage due to their habit of mating for life and reputedly having a lifespan of a thousand years, making it a perfect lucky totem for weddings, longevity and wisdom.
  • These are so rare and highly collectible, definitely not something you discover often!

Vintage sizing is very different to modern day sizes, they usually are at least 2 sizes smaller depending on the era of manufacture. So to ensure a good fit please go by the measurements provided. I measure the garment laid flat edge to absolute edge then double, which give the maximum, you will need to measure your own clothes to compare sizing


All items will be sold 'As Is'. Most items are either; dry cleaned,steam cleaned, hand washed or put through the washer unless they arrive in good order or are too old and fragile or otherwise noted.

If they're likely to have attracted a moth then they go straight in the freezer for a few days to kill eggs, this is especially so with fur.

We describe these items to the best of our ability. We check each item carefully and will try to list any notable flaws. These are vintage items and wear consistent with age is normal and should be expected.

Items may be larger or smaller than my mannequin or model and may be clipped or pinned to show fit.


In our opinion vintage garment possibly in original packaging, never used. – mint condition as new and may have original labels or in original packaging These items will not be unpacked or washed as it would compromise their originality, therefore they may have fading, staining or other issues from years of storage.


The item has been worn but is in a perfect or near perfect vintage condition.


Worn, with some general, but minimal signs of wear.

4. GOOD :

Will show signs of wear possibly needing a small repair or missing a button.

5. WORN :

Well worn with signs of wear such as a tear, several missing buttons or areas of staining.

6. POOR :

Not fit for wear, but a useful item for research or display.

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