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A Very Large Qing Dynasty Opium Pipe

A Very Large Qing Dynasty Opium Pipe


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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Specialty: Pre 1920: Item # 1125326
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A large opium pipe of the type that requires no damper, consisting of a slightly curved bamboo tube terminating at one end with a brass mouthpiece and the other with a saddle fashioned from overlaying copper and brass which also functions as a built in damper. The brass mouthpiece is concave at the end to allow assist in smoking. Around the top bowl is a flower design meant to represent a blooming peony (representative of nobility and value). On each side is the image of a fish (symbolic of abundance) fashioned in brass. At the back of the saddle is the image of a bat (symbolic of good fortune) fashioned in brass. Dimensions: Length—33 3/4 inches—Diameter of mouthpiece—2 inches-- Diameter of pipe stem at center—2 1/4 inches