New acquisition

I’m still not fully unpacked.  I don’t know where to put my tea.  The basement is obviously not a good place, and the attic has a funny smell — probably smelling like the insulation.  So, I don’t have a lot of places to put them, and the only cupboard suitable for teaware was previously occupied, as far as my nose can tell anyway, by candles of the scented variety.  Not good.

So I’ve been living on kyusu brewed aged oolong the past week, surviving but eager to get back to my normal routine of drinking properly made tea.

In the meantime though, I’ve managed to acquire a new piece that I’m pretty excited about.

This is a Qing period pewter wrapped yixing pot.  It’s really not terribly good for making tea, but it’s an interesting piece of work and I’ve been wanting to get one for a long time.  I happened to run into one in an antique shop around here for the right price, and now I own one of these.  If I want to use it to make tea I’d have to clean it pretty thoroughly — the interior is quite dirty.  But maybe that will never be necessary.


New acquisition — 7 Comments

  1. lz,  I’d opt to leave as is. Old pewter usually contains some Lead, if you must clean use “Washing Soda” ..  Best to just rub with, clean-dry cloth.  Nice pot.. john

  2. Rinpou — this is a Ruyi shape, at least the main body is. I don’t know if that’s what you’re referring to.

    John — I don’t think I have much interest in using this particular pot. It’s a bit hard to clean and will be awkward to make tea with regardless.

  3. Is that real Jade for the handle and spout? This is the kind of antique I’d like to own, and I would personally want to clean it and use it for tea. Not as my main teapot, of course, but I do believe the functionality would add to its classic value. –Spirituality of Tea

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