Not what you think it is… Anyone want to make a guess as to what this is? No related posts. By felicia|2017-11-22T17:24:33+08:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Identify Photographs|15 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life Sports Idol Gallery Sports Idol Famous Brothers Gallery Famous Brothers Hello Ms March! Gallery Hello Ms March! 15 Comments Victor kong November 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply I think this might be a smoking water pipe. Ipoh Remembered November 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply The runner-up in the contest to design the ornament to be placed on the bonnet of the first Rolls-Royce? Mano November 23, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply The Spirit of ‘Ecstacy’!;) sk November 23, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply Opium Pipe felicia November 23, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply Yes folks…this is indeed an opium pipe. sorry, no prizes for guessing! Ipoh Remembered November 23, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply Are you sure, felicia? It looks like a Chinese water pipe, true, but I think it’s the type that was used for smoking tobacco rather than opium. Mano November 24, 2017 at 5:36 am - Reply Or the ‘whoopie’ weed, Ipoh Remembered. A wooden or bamboo pipe was used to smoke opium. Perhaps the title of this thread should have read,”No prizes for guessing what this was for”, Felicia:) IKA November 24, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply If you care to look at some old photos and history of early opium smoking in China, you will find that, as well as the traditional long pipe, water pipes were also used for Opium. The function of the water pipe is to cool the vapour/smoke so that it is less burning to the throat. Novice opium smokers may have preferred the water pipe but it was not popular with the hardened addicts as it took away some of the pleasure. The pipe picture is made of bamboo and came to us with a lot of opium smoking equipment. Ipoh Remembered November 24, 2017 at 11:57 pm - Reply Dear ika … You write: If you care to look at some old photos and history of early opium smoking in China You’re right, I was shooting from the hip, so to speak, but looking at old photos and history is probably a better idea, so let’s do that (below). You continue: you will find that, as well as the traditional long pipe, water pipes were also used for Opium. Sure, but I thought the question was whether the device pictured above was meant for, and was used primarily for, smoking tobacco. As I said, I think it was. On this question, a good reference is a web-page entitled “What is – and is not – an opium pipe….” The writer (“The Opium Pipe”) explains that he focuses on “the Chinese style of opium pipe” and presents some old photos and history, beginning thus: It’s quite possible that opium could be smoked in any sort of smoking pipe – or at least, an attempt could be made. [But since] many sorts of pipes are frequently (and understandably) mistaken for ‘opium pipes’ in film, print, and on the web, it may be helpful to clarify matters. “The Opium Pipe” then goes on to explain that “there are two forms of water pipe that are often labelled as opium pipes.” First is the hookah, which was “typically used to smoke shisha, a wet mixture of tobacco, molasses, and other ingredients. While it’s certainly possible opium could have been added to some hookah smokers’ mixtures of choice, it isn’t really a purely opium-smoking device Second is what I referred to above as the “Chinese water pipe,” which: also gets mistaken for an opium pipe quite often. Smaller than the hookah, but operating on the same principle with water filling its base for filtration, these were typically used to smoke tobacco. [emphasis added] In fact, “The Opium Pipe” presents two photographs that show the very device pictured above. Speaking of which, you write: The pipe [in the?] picture is made of bamboo and came to us with a lot of opium smoking equipment. No doubt this is true, and as “The Opium Pipe” points out: Some of the confusion probably comes from the fact that tobacco pipes were frequently used in the same environs as opium pipes, so a picture of an “opium den” would often have some of these tobacco pipes in the scene as well. That’s from “The Opium Pipe.” In addition, there is a web-site called the “Opium Museum,” which presents a number of photographs from China, South-east Asia, and elsewhere. I should also mention the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, which is quite reliable. Most of its web-pages are in Dutch, of course, but there is one page in English dedicated to “The opium habit.” —— Question: Does ipohWorld possess one or more of the Chinese water pipes shown in the photograph? They are quite valuable nowadays. IKA November 27, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply We have three but one is a reproduction and used for open display that could go missing if a museum visitor is that way inclined. Ipoh Remembered November 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply Has that sort of thing been a problem? S.Y. November 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply Many years ago, I was in the Sessions Court. Some addicts were charged for smoking opium. Among the things recovered were some porcelain “pillows”. They were oblongs and apparently used for resting the head while the smoker smokes the opium. There were some designs on the pillow, some of which were of Chinese ladies and others of scenery. Unfortunately, did not have opportunity to take photos. A google search will show these “pillows”. Brandon Averill April 24, 2018 at 6:45 am - Reply I have what I believe to be in ancient or antique opium pipe bong and another gold thing with a lid on it there is a date on the bottom that says year 1481 India can anybody tell me what I might have here if it’s real or not if so get ahold of me and I will send pictures Ngai C O April 24, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply Hi Brandon, If the article were 1481 and genuine, it could be worth a bob. Your best bet is to get it valued by more than one independent antique expert. Ipoh Remembered April 24, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply Dear Brandon … I have what I believe to be in ancient or antique opium pipe bong and another gold thing with a lid on it there is a date on the bottom that says year 1481 India can anybody tell me what I might have here if it’s real or not If you try it and it works, then it’s real. As for that date: In 1481 the Christian calendar was not yet in wide use in India — or in most of the world, for that matter. In 1481, Bartolomeu Dias had not yet reached (and named) the Cape of Good Hope: that happened in 1488. And Vasco da Gama had not yet reached India: that happened in 1498. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prove that you are a human!