Posted 17 days ago
This cherry bark themed tetsu-kyusu is 3.25" in diameter x 3" high, minus spout and lid. It has an unknown maker's mark and its stamped aluminum infuser survived with the pot. It weighs 1 lb and 4 ounces and holds 6-8 ounces of water. This appears to be another, never used, souvenir tetsu-kyusu.
I like to have multiple examples of classic design tetsu-kyusu so I can examine how different foundries approached the design and execution, and this one is a different take by a different foundry on this classic style than the first one I posted. The design simulates a single piece of cherry bark, where the first tetsu-kyusu of this type that I posted on CW simulated being made of several sheets of cherry bark. It uses slightly different colors and different decoration, except for the pine cone finial. Other than that, they are very similar, though slightly different in size. The aluminum infuser suggests that this in an older pot as mesh wire infusers have replaced these solid ones. Guessing maybe 1970s to late 1980s for this one, but that is a WAG (wild assed guess) on my part. Very inexpensive, under $30 shipped from an on line auction site.