Vintage Japanese Stencil Family Crest Kamon UU by FromJapanWithLove http://www.etsy.com/listing/85952599/vintage-japanese-stencil-family-crest
This was an amazing find. They are from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but these are at about 25-30 years old . This is called "型紙" or "katagami". This is a stencil that was used to make "kashigata" (for more information on "kashigata please see below).
This is really gorgeous! The shape is that of a "kamon" which means a family crest (which crest we don't know). There are no set rules in the design of a kamon. It most commonly consists of a roundel encircling a figure of plant, animal, man-made, natural or celestial objects, all abstracted to various degrees. Religious symbols, geometric shapes and kanji were commonly used as well. These symbols are often found in logos of stores (which help to identify what they sell), sushi restaurants, and on packages of food to lend an air of elegance. Senbei (Japanese crackers) and other traditional Japanese sweets may also use one.
This one is made from paper-but not flimsy normal paper....this is wonderful thick Japanese paper and it is in fabulous condition.
This stencil could be used but it would also be fabulous framed and hung on a wall.
The stencil measures about 9 x 9.5 cm.