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Antique Pure Silver Japanese Ginbin Tea Kettle Meiji

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Antique Pure Silver Japanese Ginbin Tea Kettle Meiji

This beautiful Japanese pure silver (“jungin”) teakettle (“ginbin”) is finely crafted and decorated with an engraved floral design. Meiji period, ca. 1900-1920. The base is stamped with the impressed four character mark “jungin” or “jyun-gin” (pure silver). This mark was used primarily during the Meiji period and for a short time thereafter, and the usual standard for it was 950. The front side is dominated by the engraved design of various flower blossoms, including prunus, as well as a bird and a butterfly. The back side is undecorated. There is an engraved flower blossom in more stylized form on the top of the lid beneath the round silver “kikumon” (imperial chrysanthemum) finial.

CONDITION is excellent. There is normal wear on the bottom, and the jungin mark is worn. Distortions in photos are all reflections.

DIMENSIONS: 7” (17.8 cm) high to top of handle; 4” (10.2 cm) high to top of pot; 4 ½” (11.5 cm) diameter. Weight: 10.6 ounces (303 grams).

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