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Anyone know this maker mark?

by Watership » Dec 6th 17 8:06 am

I am new to this. Picked up this kettle a few days ago, can’t figure out the maker. Anyone have a clue?
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Dec 6th 17 8:48 am
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Re: Anyone know this maker mark?

by Bok » Dec 6th 17 8:48 am

First clue is not to take the picture of the writing upside down :mrgreen:

Dec 6th 17 8:52 am
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Re: Anyone know this maker mark?

by Watership » Dec 6th 17 8:52 am

Bok wrote: First clue is not to take the picture of the writing upside down :mrgreen:
Hahaha, wow. That is pretty funny. I confess to my cluelessness. So, it is more like an M, not a W. Lol

Dec 6th 17 9:02 am
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Re: Anyone know this maker mark?

by Aya » Dec 6th 17 9:02 am

It's Japanese.
One character on the side is 寿, meaning longevity.
The texts on the bottom is
野村生命
新潟支店長
浜本吉次

Nomura Life Insurance
Head of Niigata Branch Office
Kichiji Hamamoto (male name)

My guess is, this kettle was 60s birthday gift from this company, Nomura Life Insurance, from its employee Mr. Hamamoto.
Traditionally Japanese office workers retire at their 60's birthday, so it's actually retirement gift. Other employees should have given a big flower bouquet and some gifts including this kettle, and message card with everyone's message to Mr. Kichiji.
Long lost good old days when Japanese workers work for one company throughout their entire career...

So this is kind of a symbol of a "happy life" :D

Dec 6th 17 9:12 am
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Re: Anyone know this maker mark?

by Watership » Dec 6th 17 9:12 am

Aya wrote: It's Japanese.
One character on the side is 寿, meaning longevity.
The texts on the bottom is
野村生命
新潟支店長
浜本吉次

Nomura Life Insurance
Head of Niigata Branch Office
Kichiji Hamamoto (male name)

My guess is, this kettle was 60s birthday gift from this company, Nomura Life Insurance, from its employee Mr. Hamamoto.
Traditionally Japanese office workers retire at their 60's birthday, so it's actually retirement gift. Other employees should have given a big flower bouquet and some gifts including this kettle, and message card with everyone's message to Mr. Kichiji.
Long lost good old days when Japanese workers work for one company throughout their entire career...

So this is kind of a symbol of a "happy life" :D
Wow, that is great information. Thank you so much. :D