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Posted 2 years ago

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Stillwater
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Traditional Japanese tobacco pipe. Its got the jungin mark, which means 'pure silver,' and I was told that it was Meiji-era by the person who bought it, late 1800's. What do you guys think of it?

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  1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Neat pipe and I don't think it was for tobacco, but opium
  2. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 2 years ago
    Hey Kerry, I'm with you, that is way too small for tobacco.....definitely opium. Very nice pipe! TG
  3. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    I thought it was opium too, at first, but I did a lot of research and its deffinitely for tobacco. It even smells of tobacco, had some burnt leaves in it.
  4. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 2 years ago
    Yep, definitely tobacco.
  5. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    Thanks! And nope, it was just sitting on a table at a garage sale for $5. I sold it pretty quickly, obviously for quite a bit more than I paid. It got a TON of watchers, REALLY quickly, lots of PM inquiries.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    An elegant pipe, I love the engaved flowers. Are they iris? Shoubu is symbolic of heroism! Manly virtues.
  7. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    You're right, the flowers certainly do look like irises, and they probably are. They're what is called a mon, or a family crest, like a shield-of-arms in Japan. Lots of them are birds and leaves and flowers and stuff like that

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