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Tue Mar 26, 2024 10:04 am

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Tue Mar 26, 2024 3:16 am
Let me show my update on the teapot cleaning - it arrived recently and to my release, it appeared not so dirty as I thought.
Seems it was used as a water dropper for calligraphy so minor ink stains were only on the outside, along with mineral scale residues from around the lid opening and on the edge of the spout. The concentrated soda bath and toothbrush scrub worked well, so I got this nice (as I see it) Zini pot clear and ready for developing its puerh patina!
Its 130ml capacity works well for two cups at a brew - for me and a guest.
I love the workmanship quality and suppose it's from the mid-70s - would love to hear your thoughts.
Very nice! Late 70s in my view. The stains were not as bad as I feared, it came out well!
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Tue Mar 26, 2024 1:31 pm

i_viter wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2024 3:16 am
Let me show my update on the teapot cleaning -
Nice to see a good clean up job! I suppose some elbow grease went into it as well.
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Tue Mar 26, 2024 2:26 pm

steanze wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2024 10:04 am
Very nice! Late 70s in my view. The stains were not as bad as I feared, it came out well!
Oh, thanks!
Just went across my notes and bookmarks - and yes, thank you for pointing out more corresponding time gap - that thick lid lip and partially worn out 6:4 stamp still didn't match into my original suggestion.
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Tue Mar 26, 2024 1:31 pm
Nice to see a good clean up job! I suppose some elbow grease went into it as well.
Thank you! It was fun though, I had some calming exercises during the late-night airstrike alert time.
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Tue Mar 26, 2024 7:19 pm

i_viter wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2024 3:16 am
I love the workmanship quality and suppose it's from the mid-70s - would love to hear your thoughts.
Nice job. It still surprises me sometimes how spanking clean these come out after a bath like that.

I can imagine this being a soothing distraction from the madness around you...
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Wed Mar 27, 2024 10:29 am

Bok wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2024 7:19 pm
Nice job. It still surprises me sometimes how spanking clean these come out after a bath like that.

I can imagine this being a soothing distraction from the madness around you...
Thank you! Oh yes, this one revealed very nice to touch velvety surface, the other ones Zini/QSN pots I’ve been holding were a bit rougher.
And yeah, simple passionate things such as tea and teaware work as the best distraction and isles of calmness, thanks!
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Sat Mar 30, 2024 11:39 am

Maybe someone here has an idea on this one... I haven't cleaned it up yet. I have so far just been told it is likely not F1, which I figured - the seal doesn't match the ones I have seen on the F1 versions of these pots I have seen. It is single hole unlike most of the F2 pots I have seen. So I am wondering if maybe it is F2, or maybe from a small workshop from later on? Decent but not perfect workmanship. Brown clay with mica spots inside, not as dark as my 90s black zini though. Anyone any ideas on the era or clay? I am guessing just a generic 'zini' blend.
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Sat Mar 30, 2024 1:50 pm

Two of my alleged F2 pots have a single-hole filter. Seems like multi-hole or ball filters are more common in the catalogs I've seen too, but I'm pretty sure I've seen multiple single hole examples for F2 (perhaps more so in the earlier pieces) both in catalogs and FB galleries (e.g. one example in this one). So I wouldn't rule F2 out based on filter type.

That said, I have no idea about period or clay, would take a safe guess at 90s and "some kind of zini" :)
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Sun Mar 31, 2024 2:28 am

I would vote for F2 as well. They had one in their catalogue, 120ml. The craftsmanship seems a bit too sloppy for F1.
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Sun Mar 31, 2024 5:19 am

cheers! now to clean it up and see how brews. this is the 3rd of 4th F2 pot I have now, if it is one, and each of them have quite different clay. so also would come as no surprise then too if they alternated between multi hole and single hole and other filter types over time. I guess F1 did this too on different shapes. would also be keen to compare this against one of the f1 versions sometime too. I feel like I have seen some people comment how certain eras or blends of F2 clay can be nicer than the late batches of F1. I suppose this is where collecting purely for workmanship vs for results in the cup come in.
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