Dating nippon china
The tableware was produced for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
Between 18 the company marked their export china with ‘Nippon’ in western characters.
The use of Nippon can sometimes cause confusion as some pieces bear marks that state simply ‘Oriental China, Nippon’ around a rising sun.
These Nippon marked pieces are highly desireable but collectors should be wary of faked Nippon marks on later pieces, particularly from the 1960’s.
Scroll through as we present a few examples of antique china by Noritake, showing the range of decoration used, the forms and the associated Noritake China marks on the piece.
The above and below examples are taken from the antique-marks collection and we regularly buy and sell Noritake china, particularly examples from the 1920s and the Art Deco Period.
UPDATE 2/20/12: Even more backstamps have been added to the list!
If you are having a problem identifying a Nippon mark, feel free to use this link to contact us through e Bay & we’ll be happy to help you as much as we can.
Mark used since 1911, found in green, blue, magenta & gold colors.
Also Immediately after WWII, and due to an inability to maintain quality standards, the company stopped using Noritake on their marks and used ‘Rose China’ alongside a rose with ‘Made in Japan’ or ‘Made in Occupied Japan’ below.
From about 1963 the company marked their china with ‘Noritake Company Ltd’.
In 1904 the Morimura Brothers formed ‘Nippon Toki Kaisha Ltd’ and setup a production facility at Noritake near Nagoya on the Japanese island of Honshu.
They registered their first Noritake back stamp around 1908 and registered their first Noritake mark in the USA around 1911.