My father-in-law showed us an ivory pipe that his family has had for many decades.
I can’t identify the characters by looking up the radical and then the remaining strokes.
Can anyone help out?
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It looks like "三年明命". I cannot understand it exactly but perhaps it means "you can know your destiny in three years".
What's more, I noticed that the character "命" was written incorrectly.
Add: If "明命" means a reign title of Vietnam, "三年明命" shows that this pipe was made in 1822. And it seems so.