This has been a week of searching for chabako utensils. A friend took me to an antique mall north of Austin that was a treasure trove!
I found two silver pieces for the travel coffee set that I am changing into a vertical chabako.
With a little research I came to conclusion that the 5" tall stainless steel bottle holder (below) was originally part of a men's travel shaving kit, so it seems appropriate for this masculine-looking travel case. The lid has a cork inside to hold the bottle-stopper in place. The stamp on the bottom says SUCCESS <H&A> MADE IN U.S.A. The 4" diameter bowl has a diamond shaped paper label E MALOX, NORWAY.
Yesterday I found another glass boot, 3 1/4" tall, slightly larger than the first one I found that initiated the idea for a "cowboy chabako". This boot has a more distinct cowboy design and chakin will fit into easier than the first one.
When I told my sister about my idea, she shared the vintage tin Stetson Hat box we've had since childhood. It isn't big enough for a chabako box, but I will find a way to incorporate it.
The blue enamel coffee pot is 8" tall and perfect size to fit on brazier to heat water for tea. I think I might use the child-size beaded cowboy belt as a kimono obi-jime; and maybe make gingham or paisley print cotton kimono. I'll cut red bandana to correct size and back it with silk so that it will fold in a similar way to the standard all-silk fukusa.