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Daruma Traditional "Kokeshi" SET, Lot of 10

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  • Daruma Traditional "Kokeshi" SET, Lot of 10
  • Daruma Traditional "Kokeshi" SET, Lot of 10

NAME: Set of 10 traditional Japanese Daruma kokeshi, 2nd edition

MAKER: 10 Various

SIZE: Tallest is 5", widest point is 4".

CONDITION: There were a few light scratches on one doll. There may be other light scratches or dents but these should be considered in excellent condition. There is a little whitening on a few dolls but rubbing hard with a very soft cotton cloth usually removes it.

NOTES: Incredible set planned by the Sony Family Club, Inc., a mail order business, which I believe was sold or is no longer in business.

Background: In 1996 (or 1997), Sony selected master craftsman or famous, popular makers to make both a kokeshi and Daruma set. The sets were sold only as complete sets. I have heard the first set of kokeshi was priced at over 110,000yen (approx. US$1,150.00) and this has been confirmed. A case was optional and at additional cost.

The 2nd edition Daruma has 10 dolls, 9 being the same dolls as the original set. Only one is different.

THIS SET: This is the 2nd edition. There are 10 daruma.

The shipping of Daruma dolls only (no case) to the U.S. will be at no extra charge. For international, the cost of shipping to the U.S. will be deducted from the international cost and an invoice will be sent for the difference.

About the case: This set originally came with a case but is no longer included with this listing. If you purchase this set and would like the case, the charge will be my shipping costs (approx $90.00) plus the shipping cost to you. There will be no extra charge for the case itself. For U.S. buyers, this will be sent parcel post. For international buyers, this can be substantial as it would be an oversized box (extra charge), would weigh about 20 pounds and our postal service does not offer "surface" rates. The size is approx. 27" long x 12-1/2" deep x 14" tall.

I had priced out kokeshi cases available in the U.S. a few years ago which is similar in size, maybe a little taller. I'm not sure if the new cases are wood or plastic but the price was $250.00 plus shipping. This case was custom made for the set and is all wood (stained).

The case was taken apart for shipment. (Re-assembly is fairly straightforward and instructions will be included). I would rather not open it up and put it together to take it apart again as extra handling is never good. I have a picture of the dolls in the case. Please email me and I will be happy to show you a picture

A set of kokeshi was also available and I have listed the 2nd edition kokeshi set with case.

And finally: These sets are extremely hard to find. Additionally, my friends at Kijidokoro-Sato, who had a doll in the 1st edition kokeshi set, feel that it is "pretty difficult to get all the kokeshi in a set at one time and is valuable in that way". This would be the same for Daruma.


This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 17 October, 2012.

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