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Lusterware & Made in Japan Ceramics

"Golden Age" (1921-1941) Made in Japan Ceramics including Luster, Art Deco, Wall Pockets, Dishware, Figurals, Toothbrush Holders, Planters, Condiment Sets & much, much more.

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lusterware age 1 Reply

Is there any way to tell the age of lusterware items?  I have a kids tea set and I am trying to determine a general age for it.  The plates are marked made in Japan but use two different markings. …Continue

Started by Christy Lapp. Last reply by Carole Bess White 14 hours ago.

help identify 1 Reply

I love this vase the only marking I can find is made in China on the bottom.

Started by Heather Conley. Last reply by Carole Bess White Mar 30.

Requesting help for "ken" Japanese mark. 1 Reply

Requesting help for “ken” mark on a Japanese plate. After WW II, while living in Kyushu a Japanese friend gave plate to my family approx. 1946. Any suggestions on best way to research this plates…Continue

Started by Beverly Riley. Last reply by Carole Bess White Mar 30.

"Made in Japan" Vase 4 Replies

This vase was my great…Continue

Started by Kris Stahle. Last reply by Kris Stahle Jan 12.

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Comment by Ellen Wiley on February 19, 2012 at 8:35am

Great Information Carole.  This will be very helpful to me also as I try to sort out many of my items. 

Comment by Lillian Dunbar on February 19, 2012 at 5:54am

Thanks for all that info on Japanese ceramics companies, Carole.

Comment by Carole Bess White on February 18, 2012 at 7:24pm

Hi, Lillian,


Noritake is a company and Nippon is the Japanese name for Japan, or at least it is a close approximation.


Pieces with the "M in wreath" mark such as those in your photos were made by the Noritake Company regardless of whether they are marked Nippon, Hand Painted Nippon, Japan, or Made in Japan.


In 1891 the U.S. started requiring foreign imports to be marked with their country of origin.  For whatever reason, Japanese makers chose to use Nippon instead of Japan.


In 1921 the U.S. law was changed to require the English name of the country of origin, so the Japanese factories started using Japan, or Made in Japan.


There has been a fair amount of discussion over the years about Japan vs Made in Japan.   I spent many month at the U.S. Customs office looking through their log books of marking law clear back to the 1890's and could find no edict about using  or not using "Made in."


The Noritake Company was founded by the Morimura brothers, and Morimura Brothers was the company name during the Nippon era. 


Noritake was the largest ceramics company in Japan, so much of the Nippon or Hand Painted Nippon ware was made by them.  Joan Van Patten has written some great books on Hand Painted Nippon, and David Spain's series of books on Noritake are a trove of information.


Carole Bess White


Comment by Lillian Dunbar on February 18, 2012 at 12:34pm

Can someone with deeper knowledge than mine tell me what is the difference between Nippon and Noritake ceramics? Are they two different manufacturers, or is Nippon just a general term for Japanese porcelain? I have several pieces marked with both designations. (see photo below for a few examples).

Comment by Lillian Dunbar on January 8, 2012 at 7:15am

I've had this figurine for decades and call her "Lavender Lady" because her dress is a lovely lavender shade. She stands 7" tall (not counting her parasol). The shaft of the parasol is a replacement from the original one that got broken. I made it from a large hors d'oeuvre pick. At first I thought the maker, Lipper and Mann, was an English ceramic firm, but apparently it is Japanese. I couldn't find much other info on the company. Is it still in business? Any other comments appreciated.

Comment by Carole Bess White on January 7, 2012 at 11:08am

These cups are so cute.  I'm guessing the elephant is from the 1980's, the mustache man looks like 1950's, and the little guy looks like Eisenhower which would make him 1950's, but his glazing and sculpting looks more like pre-WW2.  What do you think? 

Comment by Lillian Dunbar on January 7, 2012 at 9:29am

All these figural cups/mugs are marked  "Made in Japan" or simply "JAPAN".

A goofy looking elephant is 3" tall.

A figural face mug with a squirrel for a handle. It's 5" tall.]

This figural cup is small, 2.5" tall.

Comment by Carole Bess White on April 25, 2011 at 12:34am

She looks like post-WW2 to me.




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