Antique Large (25 inches Tall)Copper and Brass Authentic Chinese/ Mongolian Hot Pot Otherwise known as Chinese Fondue or âeoePot in the Middleâe this beautiful old hot pot was purchased by my husbandâe(tm)s family while they w in Taipei in the early sixties, I believe that it was already an antique when it was purchased. Sturdy and it looks to be still completely functional! It has a plaque on the front that has Chinese writing on it, but I have no ides what it says! This is a nice old piece that is in very good condition. I have taken many photos to show all the details and wear. This piece measures approx. 25" high x 13" wide and it weighs 10LBS , it consists of 3 pieces that fit together to make the fire pot below the cooking pot which features a broad chimney. A fire is started at the base of the piece, another piece sits above the fire pot and it is this piece that supports the main Hot Pot for cooking your food. It also has a large wide lid. So once together, the food cooks in it's own pot above the fire and the chimney allows for the smoke to dissipate without touching the food. I have seen ones just like this sell on ebay for $250.00 I am offering this beautiful piece for a fraction of that price with no reserve!!! What it is and what it does! Called a Mongolian or Chinese Hot Pot , Firepot , Fire Pot , or Chinese Fondue Pot , it is a large communal cooking and serving pot and the forerunner of our modern meat fondue pots. The traditional use of the Chinese Hot Pot is to make a soup broth, in which thinly sliced, bite size pieces of lamb or beef are cooked. It used to have a compartment under the chimney (tube) for charcoal, with which to heat the ingredients very quickly. This type of pot is still popular in Asian countries. Copper makes the best fire pot, because of its wonderful ability to diffuse heat and conduct it quickly and easily throughout its surface. This cooks food more evenly, with a lower heat source than might normally be used with another pan, and prevents hot spots and sticking. The fire pot is lined inside with tin, to prevent acidic foods from adversely reacting with the copper. Most use it as a serving piece, for soups, fondues, etc. From time to time, you'll see it in upscale restaurants, brought to your table for both its appeal and its serving functionality. Please email me with any questions that you have and I will do my best to get the answers for you! You can bid with confidence; I have 100% feedback and very happy buyers! Thanks for looking and Happy Bidding!