From the late 1800s in Japan comes this very finely woven and lacquered bamboo case which has the appearance of snake skin. These pipe cases were hung from the obi, along with a tobacco pouch, and housed the long small-bowled smoking pipe popular in Japan through the early 1900s. One end of the case fits inside the other and is adjustable in length for various pipe lengths.
The outside section has a copper fitting at the end and a brass loop for attachment of a cord. The length can range from 7 1/2" (19 cm) to 12 1/2" (32 cm). It is 1 1/8" (2.8 cm) wide and 3/4" (1.9 cm) deep. Condition is fine. A little of the dark brown color has been worn off from one tube moving inside another, but the color can be easily touched up if desired.
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