Vintage K Uyeda Japanese Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet w/ 2 Uyeda Charm RARE. Beautiful rare vintage sterling silver bracelet with 2 charms by Japanese designer K Uyeda. Charms with a japanese Asian theme.Dai-doro lamp Charm and a Torii charm torii Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacredIt is in excellent condition. Bracelet is 9"inches long charms are 1"¼×1¼ weight42.8grams made by Uyeda shop (Uyeda Shoten,) was founded in 1884 by Uyeda Kichigoro and is one of the oldest established Japanese silversmiths that is still in business today. At first, Satsuma warevases and plates were the main products, but gradually the number of silver tableware and items of an everyday use that were popular among foreigners increased. In 1922, Uyeda's store moved to the Yarakucho neighborhood, located near the Ginza district, Tokyo.
In the same year Uyeda opened a store at the Imperial Hotel Arcade, designed by the famous american architectFrank Lloyd Wright. In 1923, most of the buildings in Yokohama and Tokyo, including the Uyeda's store, were destroyed by the tremors and fires caused by theGreat Kanto earthquake. The store was rebuilt and opened in 1925. In early 1930s the business was inherited by the Kichigoro's sons, the elder Uyeda Fujiro and the younger Uyeda Yoshimi. Among the Uyeda's customers were many famous people: american baseball playersBabe RuthandJoe DiMaggio, actressMarilyn Monroe, diplomatHenry Kissingerwith his wife, professor and american diplomatEdwin Reischauerwith his wife, and others.
While being mostly associated with the silver tableware and items of everyday usage during pre- and just after the WWII period, around late 1950s company began to focus more on the cultured pearls and jewelry made of them. In 1973 Kichigoro's grandson, Uyeda Shintaro , introduced the Italian jewelry, uncommon in Japan at the time, into the company's product list. Uyeda" name to "Uyeda Jeweller.The company is in operation till today, located at the Imperial Hotel Arcade, Tokyo. It is managed by the Kichigoro's great-grandson, Tomohiro Uyeda , and produces and sells jewelry made of pearls, precious metals and stones. Great addition to your collection?