Posted 2 years ago
This tiny used tetsu kyusu//chosi, small cast iron teapot or sali warmer, not counting the spout and lid, is only 2" high x 6" diameter. It is lined in enamel, so that multiple types of tea may be brewed or sake served in it. The five cups are 1.5" high x 2.25" in diameter and also lined with enamel. The pot and cups are painted, or rust finished, cast iron and are marked on the bottom. Iwachu calls this pattern "Hailstone". These are also sold as sake warmers (chosi) and I suspect are also used that way.
This is a used version of the pot that I posted last week. The mark on the bottom of this one is much clearer and easier to read than the mark on the new pot, possibly because it has been handled quite a bit which has polished it. I bought this set because it had cups with it and also a Mitsukoshi LTD department store label on the bottom. Mitsukoshi LTD is a high end Japanese department store which was founded in 1673. Everything which I have found associated with this store is very high end, especially the tea ware.
I paid only a bit more this whole set than I did for the first pot alone. This set is very good for documenting information about where these teapots/tea sets were sold and what kind of cups came with them. Since it is already used, I will use it for experimenting with tea/sake. It is in better shape than I expected, the enamel is nearly perfect and there was only a slight bit of rust on the exterior of the teapot and cups which I treated with food grade mineral oil.