Hiuchibako, snaphance tinderbox lighter
A rare Japanese snaphance tinder lighter, Hiuchibako.
This would have been worn as a netsuke and used to start a fire.
The textured brass case is decorated with small silver and copper details of plum & copper blossoms. The smaller button opens the case to reveal the miniature mechanism ehich once primed is released with the larger trigger button.
Late Edo Period, mid c19th
42mm x 30mm x 18mm