This is a really interesting piece. It's an antique circa 1908 - 1923 Japanese antique business ledger. Rustic, unique and very different. Hand made, hand bound and very much a unique social record of time.
Called DAIFUKU CHO of these accounting ledgers were strung together and tied with a long cord so in the event of a fire, which was very common, they could be flung into the nearby well. They could then be retrieved without damage to the paper or ink.
Dimensions: 13.5 cm (w) x 38 cm (h) approx 1.5 cm deep
Pages are still bound with string probaby hemp rope - allows the piece to be hung as interesting wall art. The journal is a little mystery in that all pages are complete with the exception of 4 around the middle of the journal - perhaps they were skipped or perhaps there was a new owner of the business? The paper is traditional Japanese WASHI made from mulberry tree bark.
Here's some interesting information about the paper :-
The ledger appears to have been made using pre printed WASHI paper. This is a unique social record of time. It is worn due to use but in remarkably good condition given that it was a daily working book.
Very rare. Only one available.
This is an extremely interesting piece of wall art or could be left casually on a sideboard adding interest.