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Iwachu hailstone tetsu kyusu in red/brown

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Japanese Metalwork18 of 102Roji hand cast Japanese tetsu kyusuSaegusa Sotaro cast iron tiger okimono
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    Posted 7 months ago

    kwqd
    (834 items)

    This Iwachu testu kyusu is about 2.5" high and 5" in diameter, minus spout and handle, and weighs just under 2 lbs. I have never filled it with water to measure the volume but guess it holds 8-12 ounces. This one has the Heisei mark (1989-2019) but is unused and in new condition. This color is the second most common/popular for this style, next to traditionally finished pots. I have seen at least two other sizes of kyusu in this style and color, but this size seems most common. I paid under $20 for this one, including shipping, so it was hard to pass up since, at the time I came across it, I did not have another pot in this style and size in my collection.

    One way to tell that this is a newer pot, beside the mark, is that it came with a wire mesh infuser as opposed to one made of solid aluminum. It is an attractive little pot and, though I have had it for quite some time, I have never used it. I have never seen a Showa Era (1926-1989) pot in this color. One way that Iwachu coped with increasing competition, mostly from China in the last years of the 20th century, was to start producing a dizzying array of styles and colors of tetsu kyusu. I suspect that this color was a part of that effort.

    As is often the case with these small testu kyusu found in the U.S., it was probably used as a decoration or paperweight which is why small Japanese pots are often found in new condition. I have found pots dating to the 1950s which look, and are effectively, brand new.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 7 months ago
      Wonderful peach color & pop-dot texture, really nice one Kevin
    2. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks for your comments, Jenni! Iwachu makes good quality pots.

      Thanks for loving my tetsu kyusu Jenni and Manikin!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my Iwachu pot Kevin, PhilDMorris and Watchsearcher!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks fortapache!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Iwachu tetsu kyusu Thomas, jscott0363, mikelv85, Vynil33rpm and BHIFOS!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks aura!
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 6 months ago
      My first thought of the color was terra cotta, it’s a lovely tea pot!
      And your description’s are first rate!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks for your comments and for loving my teapot! Yeah, I think this finish was inspired by Japanese pottery, maybe Hagi Ware...
    9. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks Eileen and ho2cultcha!

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