Antique Cast Iron Tea Kettle (Tetsubin) with Temple Shrine on Lid (1799JOK) $295


H: 8.625”  W: 7.5”  D: 6.5” | FREE SHIPPING

Japanese cast iron tetsubin teapots like this have traditionally been used to boil water for the Japanese Tea Ceremony. With its large handle, rounded shape, pitted surface and rare ornamental temple-shaped knob it would enhance any kitchen and be a wonderful gift of any tea lover.


Cast iron Tetsubin are teaware kettles produced for hundreds of years and admired by tea aficionados worldwide. These hand-crafted teapots were developed for the Japanese tea-ceremony (chanoyu) and are metalwork pieces used only to boil water. One-of-a-kind finely crafted Japanese antiques like this are made using clay molds and are renowned for their zen simplicity and elegant shapes. Made in the Meiji era (1868-1912 )this one has two manufacturer’s seals on its side.  Their iron content makes the taste of water boiled for tea richer, sweeter and more mellow; the iron content provides additional health benefits and its iron structure keeps the water hot longer. The surface texture, unique shape and temple ornamental knob on its lids make this pot especially unique and charming. Traditionally these pouring vessels have been popular with collectors and considered as status symbols, not simply beautifully designed kitchen accessories. These antique kettles are wonderful gifts for any tea lover.The outside of this Tetsubin is in excellent condition, and like all old Tetsubin cast iron kettles, it has developed rust on the bottom which is completely normal and can be removed by boiling green tea inside the pot. It is recommended for display only to enhance any style kitchen.

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Meiji/Taisho Period


Late 19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 8.625" W: 7.5 D: 6.5"

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 23.49cm W: 20.32cm D: 18.41cm




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