Hanten fire fighting coat of Japanese steeplejack (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art) – ‘Tobi’ Japanese steeplejack was once used to be mobilized for fire in the Edo period, because the traditional way of fire extinguishment was to prevent fire progression by crushing the neighbor houses of fire-source instead of spraying water.
This is a Tobi’s ‘Hanten’ fire resisting coat for fire fighting made of thick cotton textile, Meiji – Early Showa period, early 20th century. Unusual as simple but well-faded indigo type without excessive design, with just a design of the owner’s belonging family’s (group’s) name, though unidentified.
approx. L 98cm (38.58in), W 60cm (23.62in), Sleeve to sleeve 129cm (50.78in)
Item price: $450
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