This Japanese Antique Tabako-bon with Metal Case, Wood Ojime, and a Kiseru Zutsu is just one style of a Japanese Tabako-bon, It includes a metal Inro or tobacco case, a wood and metal Ojime and a wood Kiseru . It is an old piece dating to the 19th century Meiji period of 1868-1912. The ojime alone is worth having just in itself for its style and beauty; it is a cigarette snuffer as one can tell if you looked closely at the open end. It is very nicely designed, carved of wood, with applied metal pieces. The inro or tobacco case or is a mixed metal mostly of tin, with a lovely etched design of Mt. Fuji and the area around it. The kiseru holder is like new either oak pr pine. and comes apart to place the pipe in. Pipe cases are called Kiseru Zutsu or Kiseru- ire. This specific style of pipe case is called a Muso Zutsu, described as a tube style kiseru case with a tight fitting, inset lid, and the most common style of kiseru case found today. This set is old, and the box has some scratches- the ojime is very unusual carved wood and old but still in good condition, the painted parts looks almost metal, and the pipe case is in excellent condition.
Dr Gabi Greve has some great info on her Daruma Museum blog, with the history, and a picture wit the names for all the parts of a kiseru. Now, after reading her blog I am wondering if I am using the name 'Tabako-bon' wrong, which I found on another website, but it could mean more than one thing. It means pipe tray or set and her references related to the big tobacco boxes. I also previously found a great blog of several pages explaining all of the tobacco pipe and accessories which I have added to our Favorite links. This blog goes into extensive detail about the different names for each piece based on style. I have not gone into that detail here. We have one kiseru left.
SIZES, Approximate: Inro about 4" x 3 1/2", ojime about 2" and Kiseru Zutsu or pipe case about 8:"
Tabako-bon; Tonkotsu and Kiseru
This Folk Art style of Tonkotsu and Kiseru for tobacco use, were worn separately and often in addition to the Sagemono (below). There are different styles of the Tonkotsu and Kiseru combination, many of the tobacco boxes simply in the style of a "bucket". Sometimes the components are made of leather or other materials. Same as the Japanese Sagemono consisting of an inro, netsuke and usually an ojime bead, the Tonkotsu and Kiseru combination were used before the westernization of Japanese clothing to include pockets, prior to the turn of the century.
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