Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Arare themed tetsu kyusu, maker unknown

In Asian > Japanese Metalwork > Show & Tell.
Japanese Metal Ware6 of 139Joyce Chen (Oigen) Year of the Monkey tetsu kyusuArare themed tetsu kyusu, maker unknown
Love it
Like it

SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
Ms.CrystalShipMs.CrystalShip loves this.
PhilDMorrisPhilDMorris loves this.
jscott0363jscott0363 loves this.
dav2no1dav2no1 loves this.
NewfldNewfld loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
WatchsearcherWatchsearcher loves this.
auraaura loves this.
ManikinManikin loves this.
FreshAirFreshAir loves this.
BrunswickBrunswick loves this.
See 11 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 15 days ago

    (766 items)

    This arare (hobnail) themed tetsu kyusu is 5.75" in diameter x 2.75" high, weighs 2 lbs 10 ounces and holds about 20 ounces of water. It is marked, but the maker is unknown to me.

    I bought this pot for three reasons. First, I recognized the nabeshiki that came with it as a very expensive, uncommon Japanese trivet. Second, the seller said it had no maker's mark on it, which I have never seen for a tetsu kyusu of this size and quality. Third the seller said it was found in the closest of a deceased person and appeared to be new. Mmmmm, dead guy's stuff is the best stuff! Come to my estate sale and see!

    Examination of the images with this post, reveals that it is indeed marked. I have seen this mark a few times before on very distressed (banged up) tetsu kyusu and maybe on a testsubin, but only in images. I have never been able to physically examine an actual tetsu kyusu that has this mark before and did not think that the quality was very good. Based on my examination of the pot now in my collection, I have revised my conclusions.

    This tetsu kyusu is of very high quality, made with a very fine mold, well finished and probably Japanese. There are no visible urushi plugs or a sprue found on the bottom of the products of some Japanese foundries. It is probably not Iwachu since every tetsu kyusu or tetsubin by that foundry which I have examined has one or both of those marks on the bottom. The exterior finish and lining appear to be traditional urushi, not enamel, but the spout, lid and handle have a glossy finish with a matte body.

    I am pretty sure that it is not Chinese. I am not saying that the Chinese are incapable of making a tetsu kyusu of this quality, I am certain that they are and routinely have done so for many years, but I have not seen any in the imports to the U.S.. So, I have a new mark to research. I will not use this pot until I have confirmed that it is not Chinese since I do not trust the safety of eating/cooking tools made in that country.

    The bottom of this tetsu kyusu shows significant wear from the very sharp hobnails on the nabeshiki which accompanied it. This is the only wear on this pot and why I am not a fan of using metal nabeshiki. I prefer wooden trivets, which are another common material used to make Japanese trivets.

    Unsolved Mystery

    Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.

    Japanese Metalwork
    See all
    900ml Cast Iron Tea Pot Japanese Teapot Infuser Filter Vintage Tetsubin Kettle
    900ml Cast Iron Tea Pot Japanese Te...
    Japanese Antique Ink Well In Bronze Basket of Sea Creatures
    Japanese Antique Ink Well In Bronze...
    Beautiful Antique Meiji Period Mixed Metal Japanese Letter Opener
    Beautiful Antique Meiji Period Mixe...
    900ml Cast Iron Tea Pot Japanese Teapot Infuser Filter Vintage Tetsubin Kettle
    900ml Cast Iron Tea Pot Japanese Te...
    See all


    1. kwqd kwqd, 15 days ago
      Thanks Kevin, Watchsearcher, aura, Manikin, FreshAir and Thomas!
    2. kwqd kwqd, 14 days ago
      Thanks fortapache!
    3. Newfld Newfld, 14 days ago
      Beautiful silver & black contrast design, great find. Happy Easter Kevin!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 14 days ago
      Happy Easter, Jenni! Thanks for your comment!

      Thanks dav2no1 and Jenni!
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 14 days ago
      Very nice acquisition !~
    6. kwqd kwqd, 14 days ago
      Thanks for your comment, PhilDMorris! This one has an understated quality in design and manufacture.

      Thanks for loving my latest arare tetsuk kyusu PhilDMorris and jscott0363!
    7. racer4four racer4four, 14 days ago
      I'm happy tat you are happy to get this well made kyusu Kevin.
      I am certainly learning a lot from you!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 12 days ago
      Thanks for your comment, Karen! I am enjoying ferreting out information about Japanese kyusu. I am sure that I will be revising my posts as I learn more. Much of what I have concluded is from observation, not from good sources, so I am certain I am making some mistakes, but plowing forward.

      Thanks, Eileen!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 7 days ago
      Thanks SEAN68!

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.