Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle

Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle

Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle
Here on offer is a truly fine example of a rare 19th century Meiji period, Japanese repoussé solid silver Tiger and Dragon motif belt buckle. The front depicts a stylised Tiger on the left half of the buckle and a Dragon on the right half. On the reverse, each half is stamped with the number 84 and two Japanese Kanji/Chrysanthemum marks. I believe from some research that these types of markings were used in late 19th century by Russian Silversmiths working in Japan at time of Russo/Japan conflict of that period. There are no silver content marks, but it does test as. It measures 2.75 (7cm) wide and weighs 47g. The buckle is in excellent condition, with very minor age related surface scratches. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please note that this item is also being offered for sale on my own web site at a reduced price and therefore may be withdrawn at any time.
Rare Antique 19th Century Japanese Solid Silver Tiger & Dragon Motif Belt Buckle