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My Mother in Law had an antique shop and I just inherited the stuff no one else wanted. She loved Nippon and Japanese stuff. If that was redundant I have no idea.  I have a lot so far plus more boxes I haven't gotten into. She had other antiques that I am trying to salvage from the move.  If someone out there who knows oriental ceramics and will take pity on this hot mess I would greatly appreciate it.                          Signed lost in "Asia" Pennsylvania - Jessy

I included some photos so hopefully someone recognizes it


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The photos appear to be of Made in Japan pieces from after WWII.

From 1895 to 1921 the U.S. required imported pieces to be marked with their country of origin.  Japan marked its pieces "Hand Painted Nippon" or just "Nippon," or with no mark at all.  However, during this period most pieces were marked.

In 1921 our marking laws changed and countries had to mark their pieces in English.  "Nippon" was now marked "Japan," "Made in Japan," or with no mark at all.  The Customs Bureau was and is only able to check a percentage of imports for backstamps, which is why not all pieces were marked.

During WWII from 1940 or 41 on, no pieces were imported from Japan due to the War.

During the Occupation of Japan, ceramics were again exported to the U.S. beginning in about 1948 or 49 because it took a couple of years for production to begin again.  From 1948 to 52 pieces were marked "Made in Occupied Japan," "Occupied Japan," or had no mark at all.

After the occupation ended, pieces were again "Japan," "Made in Japan," or had no mark at all.

Some dealers and collectors think that pieces can be dated by whether they are marked "Japan" or "Made in Japan."

I did extensive research with the U.S. Customs Bureau and could find no documentation stating that "Made In" had to be used during a specific time period.  Also, some people think that the color of the backstamp determines the year the piece was made.   Again, research could not prove this.

There are several books available on Japanese ceramics from the Nippon Era by Joan Van Patten, the Noritake Art Deco Era by David Spain and the "Golden Age Period" of 1921 to 1941 by me.  You can find them used on eBay or ABEbooks.com.

Carole Bess White

Thank you Carole

  Thank you for recommending those books. I'll order them since I have a lot of research to do.



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