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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I found this while rummaging through some old boxes of mine, I thought this was a cool looking Opium Water Pipe. It stands 9 1/2 inches from the tip of the straw to the base, the case part is 3 inches tall including the stash chamber and its 2 1/2 inches wide. The design on it looks like a sun with a flower like border and fish on the inside border.

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    1. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 7 years ago
      We the Brits were responsible for the Chinese Opium trade.
    2. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 7 years ago
      These were used for smoking tobacco, not opium. Opium pipes are much different.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I was thinking the same thing Chada, on both counts!
    4. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Have a look there:
    5. Northchuck, 5 years ago
      This is a water pipe for tobacco. It appears to be made from paktong (baitong) or nickel silver--an alloy of copper, nickel and sometimes zinc. This was the favored material for these pipes. They were often decorated with engraving and yours with addition of a copper roundel is interesting. All pipes were originally fitted with a brush, tweezers, pick and other accouterments for cleaning but these are often lost. The signature on the underside of the lid is the maker. Yours probably dates from the Republic but could also be Late Qing.
    6. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      Just a wild guess but if a Opium, Hash or Pot smoker had this they wouldn't mind if it was made for tobacco at least not for long ;D Still great to know the real history about it, Well done gang.

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