Eye Popping Kobe Charm Japanese Vintage Art Deco c1920.
Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan, is world-famous for its exported delicacy of Wagyu beef, but there's another product that hails from Kobe - Kobe Charms.
They are little treasures made of celluloid with pop-out eyes. These delightful charms were made in the late 1920s through the 1930s. They come in hundreds of shapes and colors with many of the most popular based on traditional Japanese designs, including temples, lanterns and Daruma (a figure without arms or legs). The common element is the pop-out eyes.
This is a charming example, the legs move as well as the eyes popping out. Both eyes pop out when hung upside down, but 1 retracts further in than the other eye please see the pictures.
Size including bale 2.4 x 0.9 x 0.9 cm or 0.9 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches.
Weight 0.8 grams or 0.5 penny weight.