A Japanese Iron teakettle in the shape known as a Chosi and used for warming sake. This was made about 120 years ago, circa 1880’s, Meiji period. The body is made of iron and there is a lid – probably a replacement lid – made of lacquered wood. The lid is decorated in gold makie with a decoration of a ho-o bird.On the sides of the kettle there are numerous low relief crests – mons - of the Kiku and the Kiri. The kettle measures 6.3" high including the handle and is 5" diameter – 7" to the end of the spout. The Chosi is in good condition with the exception of a small chip at the end of the spout – see photo. This does not affect the pouring and the piece is otherwise exceptional with nice old patina. Two if the most famous crests are those of the Imperial House which are the kiku-mon, the sixteen petal chrysanthemum and the kiri-mon, paulownia leaves. Both of these mon were being used by the end of the Kamakura period. It was once believed that the kiku-mon was the proprietary mon of the Imperial family, however that was not decreed by law until 1869. As a matter of fact, the Imperial court bestowed the kiri-mon on a number of generals and shogun, including Ashikaga Takauji, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, who incidentally decided to politely decline it.