Goldweight in the shape of a chest decorated with side-by-side "star" forms on the top and sides.
Early historic records indicate that chiefs from the various coastal Akan states (in what are now Ghana and Côte d"ivoire) frequently requested ironbound coffers from their European trading partners. Kings and chiefs would use these chests to hold their gold dust; a particular kind of wooden chest was called "apemadaka", or "£ 1,000 (Pound Sterling) Chest" because it could hold 1,000 individually wrapped bundles of gold dust worth 1 English Pound. Chests and boxes like this one are not only a common motif for goldweights, but are represented on other objects as well, including actual gold dust boxes.
A round metal lock meant to lock a chest. The front of the metal disc is decorated with a line carving of a Korean character surrounded by multiple carved circles, but leave a rim of undecorated metal around its edges.
Circular tsuba, made of iron. Inside an exterior circle, eight smaller circles are placed with the same spacing. The eight circles are connected to the exterior circle as well as to the three center holes where kôgai, blade, and kozuka are placed. Each of the eight circles have a different family crests. The openwork technique seen here is called "marubori" (round carving). The surface is slightly textured by minute stippling.
Family crests were important markers of the samurai class, in which military and political connections and blood and marriage relationships heavily weighed and determined one’s social status. This tsuba with eight different family crests alludes that the owner has some kind of relationship to eight different households or lineages; either of his own household (One household used more than one crest, although usually there was one dominant than other crests), his relatives or his allies.