Old Tibetan Fire Starter / Chuckmuck with Red Coral …beautiful collectors piece

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller jimapix ✉️ (2,788) 100%, Location: Sydney, NSW, AU, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 263087607179 Old Tibetan Fire Starter / Chuckmuck with Red Coral …beautiful collectors piece. Old Tibetan Fire Starter / Chuckmuck with Red Coral …beautiful collectors piece Old Tibetan Fire Starter / Chuckmuck with Red Coral, a beautiful collector’s piece from the Tibetan plateau… A chuckmuck is a belt-hung leather and metal tinder pouch. It is a distinct design of a flint-and-steel fire-lighting kit. It is also used as ethnic jewellery among Tibetans and Mongolians. The chuckmuck is constructed from a stiff leather purse with a thick curved steel striker attached by rivets to its base. The sides and flap of the purse are either sewn or fixed by ornamental metal plates or small plaques. Inside are kept a piece of flint and a little tinder (pulped woody material such as plant roots). On the top fold, a thin metal plate with 1 - 3 small hooks allow the pouch to be hung from the belt with a chuckmuck strap: a chain, leather thong or embroidered cloth. Chuckmucks vary in size and decoration, with the circular boss in the centre of the flap, which operates as a hook to keep the purse closed, sometimes being decorated by a semi-precious stone such as coral or turquoise. Other decorations on the mounts are in silver, brass or iron with geometric patterns, floral designs, Tibetan motifs, or in the animal style. The steel striker is occasionally engraved: with two dragons or Chinese characters. The University of Washington database contains a collection of fire steels including early chuckmucks on plates 45-48 from several countries. The chuckmuck is hung from the belt in both Mongolian and Tibetan traditional dress for men and women. For this reason, it is sometimes described as a Chatelaine (chain) with strap ornaments, as in the British Museum exhibit. It is sometimes accompanied by a 'chuckmuck purse' as a jewelry set in exactly the same style only lacking the curved steel striker. Please see detail photos which form part of the description… STU/A31 The measurements are Size: 10 cm High @ Handle X 125 cm Wide @ Blade X 2.5 cm Thick Please email me with any questions or for a delivery quote …or pick up from Miranda in Sydney South International Buyers email me for a Shipping Quote Return Policy It is very important to me that you are happy with your purchase; if for any reason you are not, please contact me immediately, before leaving feedback, so I may have a chance to rectify the problem. We cannot fix a problem we do not know about. We strive for straight A+ and all 5’s in our feedback and will bend over backwards to achieve this. Any idem that is not as described or any idem that arrives damaged will be refunded. We ship by Australian registered and insured post or by Ego Courier’s. I have many regular and happy customers and hope that you will also become one of them. NOTE Many of the items for sale at Jim’s International Bazaar were collected by Jim on his around the world adventures as an author, photojournalist and photographer. They include Turkish rugs, copper and brass, and artifacts from China, New Guinea, Africa and South America. These things are from his privet collection, none were bought for the purpose of reselling but rather to decorate his home. Many new items will be listed as they are unpacked from storage along with a wonderful collection of photographic prints including many wildlife photos and prints of tigers photographed in China. ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER James Anderson is an internationally renowned photojournalist and adventurer, with two major photographic books (New Guinea & Cannibal), plus covers and major spreads in a whole host of internationally prestigious magazines from Life International to The Geographic and Argosy. He's been shipwrecked in the Pacific, wrestled camels in Turkey, and scoured the New Guinea Highlands in search of missing American heir and adventurer Michael Rockefeller. He has also lived and worked in the jungles of New Guinea for over two years while collecting material for his books and records. A blue-water yachtsman, he sailed his own 60ft yacht, the "Moana Vahine", from Hong Kong to Southern Turkey, down the South China Sea, across the Indian Ocean, and up the full length of the Red Sea, via Singapore, Panang, Sri lanki, The Maldive Islands, and French Djibouti. An avid diver and spear fisherman, he mounted a series of diving expeditions in The Maldive Islands and The Red Sea. In addition to several years in New Guinea, he has organized and/or participated in photographic expeditions in Kenya and Tanzania, in Brazil and Columbia, in Turkey and some of the more remote islands of the south pacific. "On board the forty-foot ketch, the "Marquesa", we were the first yacht to visit the remote island of Ua Pou, in the Marquesas in almost two years. Condition: Please see detail photos which form part of the description…, Provenance: Tibetan plateau, Material: Leather, Steel, Red Coral, Originating Region: Tibet / Mongolia, Product Type: Fire Starter / Chuckmuck, Original/Reproduction: Original, Era: 1800's

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