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Vintage Branding Iron Japanese Branding Iron by FromJapanWithLove
This is a vintage branding iron called a “yakiin”. These were/are used on wood, leather…food…anything you want to brand. Please see the last picture to see an example of how it can be used.
I think they would look fabulous if used in pottery as a stamp. Also…I think they could be used with ink but as it is metal, the image wouldn’t be as smooth and clear as a rubber stamp -please keep that in mind if that is how you want to use it.
This is “hidari” which means “left (direction)”.
They are from the “昭和” “showa period” . The “showa” period is from 1926-1989 but these are at least 30 years old.