Museum quality Japanese Edo Period sterling silver and lacquer complete tobacco smoking set with three drawers and sterling handles. There are two sterling silver finely made chiseled removable lids over cylinders, one is pierced and has a knob in a shape of a cone and an aristocrat Bessho family mon, and another one is hand-hammered and chiseled with a knob in a shape of a leaf. They are made with sterling silver. An original sterling silver pipe is made of three sterling parts; it reassembles in two parts under middle sterling part with pierced and engraved birds. Bamboo part is decorated with sterling pins; solid sterling cast parts have fine chisel work depicting birds and bamboo.
The wood lacquer body of the set is decorated with original sterling silver engraved legs and corners. Three drawers have unusually shaped mounted sterling handles. Edge over upper part of the set is decorated with mounted sterling silver rim. The lacquer work is made with maki-e and hiromaki-e technique. The top depicts a landscape with trees, bushes, a house deck , and a tent.
Level above drawers is finely decorated with Sakura tree with brunches and blossoms design.
Two smaller drawers depict a scene with sakura trees; the bigger drawer is decorated with a bird above mountains.
Back has a scene of a boat with some stuff in it and two ducks.
Right side has mountains, bushes, and tree brunches, and left side is decorated with four pine trees on mountains.
Upper border under the top plate is relieved and is decorated with pine tree brunches.
Set is 12 1/4" wide x 8 1/2" tall x 7" wide.
Pipe is 9 3/4" long