"Nanbu tekki" requires a process of 64 to 68 individual steps to completion. Each and every pot goes through the same labor-intensive process from start to completion - it's kind of breathtaking the adherence to construction techniques each pot undergoes! Before making a single tea pot, each iron worker must fulfill a rigorous 15 year apprenticeship.
To become a Master Craftsman requires 40 more years of service. Making these lovely pots is not taken lightly by the tea loving nation of Japan!
Modern iron tea kettles that are coated with enamel on the inside can't be used with a direct flame. The enamel also stops the iron qualities of the pot from interacting with the water.
Brewing tea in a Japanese "Tetsubin" ("cast iron kettle") serves another unique function. It significantly changes the taste of the water when brewing tea!The taste of the tea becomes mellow and sweet thanks to the iron content of the kettle. There are also numerous health benefits from drinking tea in a true Tetsubin kettle! This beautiful cast iron pot has been well cared for. It has a little rust around the opening and underside of the lid. There is also a small round spot on the body. Please see photos for details. You can see the unique shape of the kettle body in the pictures - there is a distinct ridge midway down the side of the pot. I believe this ridge was originally used for placing the teapot in a hot bed of coals. The owner would nestle the pot in the coals up to the ridge, keeping the heat and ashes on the lower portions. Water for tea could be boiled quickly and efficiently with this method.
The top of the lid holds a small flower bud for lifting. The shapely handle sounds hollow when you tap it - that helps keep it cool when the kettle's hot! The hailstone pattern (Arare) is one of the oldest and most classic Tetsubin designs; it's favored for the simplicity and beauty it brings to the kettle. I don't know the age of this kettle but the estate it was acquired from had a lot of Japanese items from the 1940's and 1950's. I believe the owner lived in Japan at that time.
At an absolute minimum this kettle is 70 years old. A Tetsubin tea kettle is not only beautiful but it's also durable and can be handed down from generation to generation!The tea kettle is described as objectively as possible. If an item has a scratch or ding, I will tell you. All pictures are of item to be sent.
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The item "Vintage Cast Iron Japanese Tea Kettle Signed Nanbu Tekki Tetsubin" is in sale since Saturday, March 04, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Teapots". The seller is "eastonattics" and is located in Easton, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.