This is a wonderful goban from an antique shop in Niigata.
The board is from a slow-growing tree with gorgeous heartwood. It is the most preferred of cross-cuts (kiura), which has mostly straight lines across the playing surface, with some central cross-grains, and shows off the growth rings of the tree on the ends. The tone of the wood stays very consistent across the entire thickness, so how old the tree was should be cause for wonder. Soft heartwood ripples over the surface give an impression of wind on water, something a bit less angular than the heartwood of a pine.
The color and density are indicative of Katsura wood, or possibly a Cypress from China or Taiwan. The raised lacquer of the grid indicates that it was hand-lined by tachimori. It is 17cm thick and stands 29.3cm tall with the legs on. The corners and edges look really nice. Even the legs look really good and clean, free of dings.
There are some marks along the sides, and a small dent in the endgrain, but by and large the cloth cover and wooden lid have protected this board well and it has been stored carefully. Extensive photos were taken so please refer to those.
The underside of the lid appears to read April (a Saturday?) Showa 45 (1970), and was probably the date of manufacture or sale. It's very likely that the lid has some cracks that will need to be reglued, since paulownia is a very light wood and this set is over 50 years old.
If you are interested in adding bowls and stones to this board, simply contact me for pricing. Due to the size of the board, it will have to be shipped by airmail anyway.
The board weighs about 14kg.
FedEx International Priority shipping from Japan (to almost everywhere) is already included in the purchase price, which is a $300 service that reduces the shipping time to only 5 business days. This also means your items will have more room for padding and spend less time in transit, so they are less likely to be damaged by the shipping.
Please understand that this is a vintage item, so it is sold in an as-is condition.