I want to find out what these symbols mean so I can find an approximate age. I have no experience with Chinese symbols any help would be really appreciated. Thank you. enter image description here

  • Can you post a clearer picture? And also can you show what you've tried to figure out the inscription?
    – Mou某
    May 30, 2019 at 5:40
  • This is Japanese and it says 鐵鑄 (“鉄鋳”).
    – dROOOze
    May 30, 2019 at 6:04
  • cast iron kettle (tetsubin) are, most likely, japanese product. these two characters should be treated as kanji. i would suggest you ask in japanese language stack exchange: japanese.stackexchange.com May 30, 2019 at 7:16

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The image is quite blurry but I think it says 铁铸, which are simplified Chinese characters meaning cast iron.


I can only see that they are traditional Chinese characters. the first one is "鉄", it means "iron", a kind of metal.

Your photo is not clear enough to see, can you post a clearer one?

  • 鉄 is not a Traditional Chinese character...
    – dROOOze
    May 30, 2019 at 8:58
  • @droooze Isn't 鉄 listed in the Kangxi dictionary? kangxizidian.com/kangxi/1300.gif
    – Flux
    May 30, 2019 at 14:37
  • @Flux I'm not sure that being listed in the Kangxi dictionary means that something is a Traditional Chinese Character. Simplified Chinese, as a concept, did not exist until the turn of the 19th century; the Kangxi dictionary lists out the difference between Orthodox (正) and Vulgar (俗) forms, and 鉄 is a vulgar form, if you read that picture closely: 《正字通》俗用爲鐡字誤
    – dROOOze
    Jun 2, 2019 at 7:12

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