Posted 2 months ago
This cast iron bell in the shape of a cat is 2.75" high x 2.5" wide x 1.5" deep. Unmarked but has a Kotobuki label on the bottom. It is hollow and has a small iron ball inside and rings when shaken. Definitely not junk as Kotobuki did not sell any junk. Not seen another of these. Maker not known, but possibly Iwachu?
Narcissa passed at 4:25 pm this evening, 27 November, after an illness of a few weeks. She was doing well until a couple of days ago but was diagnosed with a terminal illness about five weeks ago so the end was expected and mercifully brief. I was able to spend almost every minute of that time with her. She was a middle aged "walk on", showing up in my back yard seven or eight years ago, ear tipped, with a broken front tooth and looking like she had not eaten in a good while, so I invited her in for a meal and she never left until today. She was a sweet little Lady.
Whenever I lose a friend, no matter how many feet they have, I look for some small object to mark their passing, maybe an acorn found while hiking or a stone that catches my eye, etc. In this case I thought, Japanese, cast iron and kitty and found this after a brief search. Perfect little piece which will spark memories of her whenever I see or hear it.