This Japanese vintage pipe Silver Metal and Bamboo for the Kiseru 煙管 or pipe holders or Tabako-bon dates to between 1920-1950. It is made of a mid-weight silver metal and natural bamboo. We think it is aluminum or possibly a mixed metal piece, it is a little too heavy to be tin. It is in very good vintage condition, it does have some age wear to the metal and lightly used. This should work with both of the Tabako-bon with Daruma tonkotsu and Senryo Zutsu that we have posted. We placed this in the netsuke category so it could be quickly found to go with the Tabako-bon and Kiseru holder or tobacco and pipe holder. Also, we realized today it is twice as long as we originally thought, size has been updated. It is very long.
SIZE: Length 12 1/4" or 31.11 cm, Height 0.39" or 1 cm
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Kiseru 煙管 or the Traditional Japanese Pipe
Kiseru 煙管 is a Japanese smoking pipe traditionally used for smoking kizami, a finely shredded tobacco product resembling hair. Typically the mouthpiece and bowl are made from metal, with a tubular shaft of wood or bamboo stretching in between. The bowl is much smaller than that of western-style pipes. Because each kiseru is basically a rod with metal ends, extremely long kiseru could be carried as weapons, especially by the gangster-like kabukimono samurai of Edo period Japan. Many kiseru have been engraved with elaborate details by skilled artisans and were a status symbol for the owner. See rest of article at Wiki. Wiki's reference: Scott David Foutz 2009. Kiseru - Traditional Japanese Pipe. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
Kiseru are almost always comprised of a tube of bamboo (or some other wood) capped by a small stem and bowl made of either silver or bronze. If you search the web for "kiseru", you will uncover many pictures of ornate Meiji and pre-Meiji kiseru pipes and accessories. While bronze was common for standard kiseru, the mouthpiece and tobacco bowls of the higher end pipes where often made from silver or mixes of copper or silver alloys such as shakudo or shibuichi, and occasionally gold. Kiseru has a long history in Japan, they are listed as part of tea ceremony equipment, among others. It was used for smoking other things besides tobacco, just as pipes were all over the world. The stigma of smoking in Japan is not the same as it is in the U.S.
There is a site devoted to Japanese Kiseru that one can easily find by internet search for more history with types of kiseru, types of holders, and more.
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