Rare Antique Japanese Meiji Double Kobe / Kobi Toy Wooden Automaton Figure
THIS ITEM WILL BE POSTED FROM LONDON, UK.
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RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI DOUBLE KOBE / KOBI TOY WOODEN AUTOMATON FIGURE
I will be selling a number of interesting antiques including tribal art, Chinese, Japanese and European antiques. PLEASE NOTE: This auction is in GB Pounds Sterling.
This is an excellent and quite rare Kobe toy which needs just a little attention. All the pieces are there (well one figure also needs the plectrum to play the Shamisen) but the problem is that whilst the strings are still attached to make the hands turn the heads are no longer attached. A restorer will need to get into the toy and reattach the strings (not so difficult once you get in but someone has apparantly tried and failed...but there must be a way.). Anyway it is a great piece and would be well worth the effort.
I am selling it at a very low starting price and with no reserve.
Please read down the entire listing for Dimensions, Condition, Postage & Payment Details - most of the information you will need is here on this page but please get in touch if you don't find what you are looking for.
Condition & Dimensions
Good overall condition but in need of restoration to make the heads move once again - other wear and tear and chipping etc.
It measures about 4.1" / 10.5cms across (not including the button at the side) and stands about 4.9" / 12.5cms tall.
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Postage & Packing
For your peace of mind and mine items will be sent fully insured. I will be posting from WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY to MONDAY 28TH MAY so payment must be received by SUNDAY 27TH at the very latest. PLEASE be a little patient with the post - I will get them posted asap but I work on my own, often have a huge amount to post and I do pack carefully!
Please bear in mind that any delays by the postal services either at my end or abroad are rarely my fault. I always post out at the latest 3 working days after receiving cleared payment but sometimes an item is slowed up by a backlog of post or delayed whilst being processed through customs. To give you an idea it currently takes about 3-7 working days within Europe and 9 - 14 working days to the U.S. / rest of the world. If speed is of the essence then I can use a courier (DHL / FEDEX etc.) but prices for couriers start at around £30 / £40GBP for the very smallest object and VERY quickly escalate depending on size, weight and destination. Please note also that there has been a considerable hike in postage prices by the Royal Mail this year. I add on very little, often not enough to cover the packaging materials, so the price I quote really is as fair as possible.
UK: 1st Class Recorded Delivery (insured to £46 only): £4.65 GBP.
UK: Special Delivery: £7.35 GBP.
Europe: £12.37.- Royal Mail Signed For Airmail. This figure includes £2.60 for insurance over £50 GBP. This is a signed for service which offers full or limited tracking (depending on your country).
U.S. and Rest Of World: £15.51 GBP.- Royal Mail Signed For Airmail. This figure includes £2.60 for insurance over £50 GBP. This is a signed for service which offers full or limited tracking (depending on your country) and insurance. Please do not ask me to falsify customs documents, thank you.
Where possible I will of course combine shipping for multiple purchases (however if, for example, you win a walking stick and a box of some description this wouldn't be very practical!).
Please enquire with postage queries, requirements or any other questions you may have prior to bidding.
Payment Details (Important: Please Read)
Rest Of The World: PayPal only.
In the event of a recorded/traceable and insured item going missing in the post I will do everything in my power (provide proof of postage and evidence of value, etc.) to assist in obtaining a full refund from the postal service involved.
Finally, thank you for taking a look at my auction and please have a look at the other antiques I am auctioning this week including a fine Kobe toy; a stunning Napoleonic prisoner of war work box; a pair of Japanese mixed metal vases; a wonderful Spanish Colonial carved coconut chocolate drinking cup; a very fine Fijian carved wooden flywhisk handle; a superb Native American woodlands figural staff; a fine New Hebrides club; a stunning antique Chinese jade cup; coquilla nut figural snuff and more.
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