Antique Cast Iron Tear Kettle (Tetsubin) Lotus Knob, Japan (2007TOK) $295


H: 8.625″  W: 7.5″  D: 6.5″  | FREE SHIPPING!

Japanese cast iron Tetsubin tea kettles have been prized for their health benefits and zen simplicity since they were introduced 400 years ago. This elegant antique  kettle has a scalloped top, curved handle and contrasting textures and simple designs on its lid with a lotus shaped knob. This kettle would enhance any kitchen décor and be a wonderful gift for any tea lover.


Cast iron Tetsubin are tea kettles produced for hundreds of years admired by tea aficionados worldwide. These hand-crafted teapots are metalwork pieces used only to boil water traditionally part of the Japanese Tea Ceremony (chanoyu). Their iron content makes the taste of water boiled for tea richer, sweeter and more mellow; the iron provides additional health benefits and its iron structure keeps the water hot longer. Meiji period Tetsubin kettles made using clay molds are renowned for zen simplicity and elegant shapes like this with a scalloped top mirrored by a gently curving handle and short rounded spout, textured surface  divided in four quadrants with meander border designs. The lid is covered a diamond shaped pattern with tiny indentations and topped with a lotus shaped ornamental knob. There is a raised manufacturers seal on the back. 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. Historically, especially during the 19th century, Tetsubin teaware was considered as status symbol and beautifully designed kitchen accessories.  As with all antiques, these pieces are purely decorative for display purposes only.

Additional information

Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in

Antique, Meiji/Taisho Period

Place of Origin



Late 19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

HT: 8.625" W: 7.5" D: 6.5"

Dimensions (metric)

H: 2191cm W: 19.05cm D: 16.51cm

Item Number



Excellent, age appropriate signs of wear

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