Here's an old Chinese kettle. Notice the spout of this kettle is also elongated and narrow. None of that funny wide-spout jug kettle business.
Sometimes just because it's new doesn't mean it's better.
This kettle has an interesting design. Notice the spout has a hinged cap on the end. I guess that's to prevent anything from getting into the kettle and contaminating the water.
Notice the knob on the side of the kettle. It's a handle rest. If you handled this kettle, you better be skillful - because it would be quite hot. So you need to have a towel to grasp the handle. And same thing with the lid. Use a towel to take the lid off to pour more water into the hot kettle.
This is such a lovely old kettle. I'm sure many people got a lot of pleasure out of making tea with this kettle in days gone by. Well, anyway, there is a thick caking of scale inside the kettle, so I'm sure it was used quite often.