Posted 2 months ago
This arare (hobnail) pattern tetsu kyusu (cast iron teapot) 2.5" (6.25 cm) high x 5.5" (14 cm) in diameter, weighs 2.4 lbs (1 kg) and holds exactly 16 ounces (.5 L) of water. It has a very clear foundry mark, which I have not yet investigated. The urushi coating has a green tinge. The original infuser came with the pot. As is true with most of my pots, it is a green sand cast, mass produced pot. It has subtle signs of a high quality pot, though. For instance, file marks from the final hand finishing of the pot have all been removed as have all sharp edges. This pot benefited from a lot of hand finishing. I have had this one for a while, but have not posted it for reasons I will explain below.
I bought this one because it was very inexpensive and has an extremely clear foundry mark which I currently don't have an example of. I am trying to build up a collection which has pots with a variety of very clear foundry marks which, I hope, will eventually enable me to identify which foundries made them. I am also copying images of many tetsu kyusu, not buying them, and building a library of styles and marks. I have not started that process with tetsubin (kettles) and not sure if I will do so. Tetsubin are large and much pricier than tetsu kyusu.
I found this one in an on line auction, advertised as an estate find in new condition. Probably another paperweight. It also has a post type finial which is a bit different from the others in my collection. The only question mark was that the surface had a "fuzzy" look to it in the seller's images, which I assumed was probably just dust the seller didn't take time to clean off. I don't recall for sure, but I think it was "Buy it now" at a very cheap price. When it came, I realized that it must have come from a smoker's home and the pot was covered in residue from tobacco smoke. It was really disgusting, very tacky to the touch and had trapped a lot of dust, etc.
I generally do not recommend washing tetsu kyusu in soapy water but that seemed to me to be the least invasive way to clean it up. I gave it a bit of a soak and went over it with an old soft bristle toothbrush which removed most of the tackiness and revealed a fairly brilliant green urushi finish. It is still a bit tacky in places, so I may have to repeat the process once or twice more to get it cleaned up, but it is cleaned enough to post, so here it is. Like new, except for some wear to the bottom.