Japanese antique sliver engraved tobacco pipe or
kenka kiseru ( self defense weapon) of Meiji era
Japanese antique long and heavy silver smoking pipe and
self defense weapon or 'kenka kiseru' with bamboo body
and silver mouthpiece and bowl.
Image of flying Dragon on the sky among the clouds is engraved artistically
on the pipe's mouthpiece. And Mt. Fuji image is engraved
on the pipe's head. Stamped by artist on the silver head
of the tobacco pipe.
About mid. Meiji period.
Excellent condition except of some age worn .
Material: silver mouthpiece and head (bowl), bamboo stem
Measurements: 30,5 cm / 11,8" in length.
Weight: 115 gram
Price: US$ 590.00
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In the old times in Japan some specially made tobacco pipes
with sufficiently heavy contraction were used as suitable
self defense weapons in everyday life by both samurai and
commoners. "Kenka kiseru" in Japanese means "fight
pipe". Usually this type of smoking pipes had brass
mouthpiece, bamboo or metal stem and brass bowl. In
later period pipe's mouthpiece and bowl were adorned by
fine engraving and were made from silver.