Brass tape dispenser, small
Hand poured sand-cast, and foot-pads aside (or in the case of the smaller springs also), entirely brass tape dispenser from a foundry founded in 1897 in the central Japanese city of Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture. With minimal chasing the castings are largely left ihada, which means with a raw cast surface maintaining any texture or discolouration naturally drawn from the sand into which the molten brass is poured; considered a guarantee of their solidity, veracity of manufacture, but also of their uniqueness. The small tape dispenser has a sprung three piece wheel and a carriage into which the cutting blade and axel mount is carefully ground. It measures roughly 105mm x 45mm x 79mm and fits 19mm (3/4inch) width tapes wound around 30mm spindles, the typical smaller size.