Posted 2 years ago
The Kyusu(teapot)-dai(stand) is 3.75" in diameter and the Sago (tea scoop) is 3.5" long x 1.75" wide. They are hand made of copper and have a mark stamped on the bottom. Both were hammered into shape using a process called Tsuiki. The set came in a small tomabako with writing on the inside and outside of the lid and a stamp where the top and the bottom of the box meet. It was sold by the Mitsukoshi department store and has a UPC label on the bottom. The maker, Gyokusendo, is very famous for making tea ware. This little set is still being made and sells for over $200. Yikes!
I bought several items which came from the estate of a American professor who taught at a Japanese university in the 1990s and mailed many items he liked back to the U.S. None of these items were ever used.