This is one of my favourite old friends, originally provided by MarshalN while visiting Shanghai. I've since found it for sale on Taobao for $6, and invite you to come and join me in the page for this tea, where I can provide further details.
Speaking of old finds: our teatable.
I really do love our teatable
Lei often remarks how excellent she still finds our teatable. We bought it in 2005, after scouring dozens of teashops in Chengdu, and considering score upon score of teatables.
It gets better with age, if care is taken to wipe it down, and empty its water-tray, after each session
It looks as good today, after daily use for five years, as it does on the day that we bought it. If anything, the continuous daily laquering of pu'ercha residue has left it with an even richer shine that it had at the outset.
It is spacious enough for the most demanding sessions
Over the years, I've had many requests for information concerning this teatable, and have always remarked that it is made by the "Hengfu Tea Company", but that I've not seen it for sale outside China.
However, a recent ramble through the pages of Dragon Teahouse resulted in me stumbling upon our table, for $60, which is very reasonable given that we paid the equivalent of $30, five years ago, in a Mainland Chinese shop.
So, if you're in the market for a teatable, this one comes highly recommended. Discreet, spacious, and yet not too large. It's ab-so-lutely superb.