Edo period. Form associated with the martial arts and, as many were, an adaption of a daily tool. In this case, the firemans hook has been refined into a lethal weapon. 17 1/2" length. Oval section hard wood haft with butt pierced for a wrist lanyard. Iron crow bill form hook opposite. Fine gold tapered cord wrap below long upper segment decorated with abalone shell pieces and two copper bands. Superficial wear and minor loss to the abalone shell, easily replaced if desired. The original form used by firemen is much longer and of course, could not be decorated in shell, as the binder would melt from the heat.