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Japanese Metalwork97 of 117Niigata Prefecture hammered copper chasaji (tea scoops)Japanese teapot themed cast iron trivet by Oitomi
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    Posted 1 year ago

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    This cast iron horse plaque is 8" (20 cm) in diameter and is 1.75" (4.44 cm) deep. The tabs at the top each protrude 1" from the plaque. It weighs 2 lbs and 4 ounces (1 kg). It has the maker's, some additional text (date?) and "JAPAN" stamped or molded or etched on the back. It came in its original box with some documentation. It also came with a wooden stand that I forgot to photograph. It has never been opened and is still sealed in its original packaging.

    Several months after making this post, I do not know how I identified this as being made by Iwachu! The seller may have made that identification. I suspect that it may not be by Iwachu, after all. I have a small kyusu in my collection that also has this same mark:

    Here is an interesting video about Iwachu cast iron ware, anyway:

    (I continue to ramble on about Iwachu) The quality on this piece is a bit below what I typically see on Iwachu cast iron, or else it has suffered a bit from neglect, or both. There are some casting errors on back and maybe on front or else it was allowed to rust and pit an then cleaned up. I made it bit worse by rubbing on it with a damp cloth to see if it would clean up. Guessing it would not have passed quality control if the issue on the front was due to casting errors, so leaning toward surface disruption and pitting from rust. The ear of the mother horse has popped through the box on more than one occasion and is a bit shiny as a result but not damaged, just polished.

    The more I dig into Iwachu's products and history, the more variation in products I find. Best known in the West for teapots my guess is they play a much larger role in Japan. Or once did. Another horse themed item and I am guessing it celebrates the year of the horse, though I have not yet tried to decipher the information that came with it. No idea when this was made, but it feels older, like maybe 1950s or 1960s. The box is pretty brittle.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Really beautiful cast iron mare & foal image and lovely border edging, super find
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 year ago
      I love it!! It's really a wonderful plaque!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks, Jenni! I was sold on it the instant I saw it.

      Thanks jscott0363! It is pretty well done.

      Thanks for loving my mare and foal plaque Watchsearcher, dlpetersen, fortapache, jscott0363, Thomas, clockerman, Jenni, Kevin and dav2no1!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks Hoot60!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks for loving my horses plaque worthit2, Collectables59 and aura!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks ofwhatiam!

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