The Set is from the 1940's-1950's, here is a bit of history for you, so you can read about the company that created this china.
Beside running a china decorating facility of their own during 1878 to 1884,
the Morimura brothers also bought and distributed porcelain blanks to be
decorated by independent porcelain decorators in nearby regions. From 1884
Morimura Kumi subcontracted decorating firms in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto. The
quality of the Early Noritake wares varied with the skill of the individual
decorators. The early marks from this period seems to have been the country of
origin i.e Ni hon or "Nippon" written by brush in traditional Japanese
Kanji characters. The word "Nippon " also meaning Japan but in western
A visit by Ichizaemon Morimura IV to the World Fair in Paris in this period
helped shape the idea of trying to manufacture a high quality, modern, western
style dinnerware for export, in Japan. In January 1, 1904 the Nippon Toki
Kaisha Ltd - the forerunner to the present Noritake Company - was
formed. The factory was located near a source of good and plentiful raw
materials and in a community rich with skilled potters. The site was the small
village of Noritake near Nagoya, the center of Japan's ceramic production, on
the main island of Honshu. The first Japanese registry for a Noritake back stamp
is reported as 1908 for use in Japan.
In 1910 the first china products from the new company could leave Japan for
the U.S. The first reported U.S. registry for a Noritake back stamp for
importing is 1911. Not not until 1914 after a long series of trials and errors
the first fine porcelain dinnerware suitable for export was produced. On of the
first patterns to be produces was the "Sedan" (11292). A piece of the dinnerware
in the Noritake factory in Nagoya shows this to be a bleak white plate with a
cream border of small flower sprays and the typical Noritake back stamp, the
letter "M" in a wreath and the words "Hand painted." As a general rule the
earliest dinnerware plates were mostly decorated with a liberal applications of
gold. To identify the early Noritake porcelain, it is important to remember
their intended adaptation to the western taste. The "M in a wreath" mark was
used between c 1914 until 1940.
With the first World War came the understanding of the need for
industrialization. The company soon undertook the production of necessary
machinery for the use in its potteries and could by the early 1920's introduce
assembly line techniques allowing for mass production of high quality, yet
From around the 1890's until 1921 the Nippon Toki Kaisha Ltd had
according to the the McKinley Tariff Act of 1890 marked their export porcelain
with their country of origin as in "Nippon" but in western characters, which is
kind of fun in an upstanding Edo period Samurai way. For "Nippon" collectors the
bad news is that this mark only signifies the country of origin and implies no
other information. So, even if early Morimura imports were likely to have been
marked this way, so would other imports from Japan too. After the WWI most back
stamps was changed to state "Japan" or "Made in Japan". Still the word Nippon
was infrequently used even after 1921.
The 1921-1941 Period
The period from 1921 until 1941 is a time easily set apart in Noritake
production. It is clearly defined on both ends by two events: a change in U.S.
law in 1921 and the entry into World War II in 1941.
Until 1921 Noritake predominately marked export wares "Nippon," one word used
to describe the country of Japan. In 1921 American import law changed to require
the place of origin be marked on a product in English. Since Nippon was an
adaptation of a description of the island country in the native language, Nippon
was no longer acceptable under the new law. Backstamps after 1921 state "Japan"
or "Made in Japan."
From the event of the back stamps giving up the "Nippon" mark and beginning
with being marked "Japan" or "Made in Japan. i.e. in the early 1920's we can
assume that all Noritake porcelain were actually designed in New York, for the
US market. From the up market art deco designs of the late 1920s the designs of
the 1930s took a markedly more pragmatic shape after the world-wide depression.
Still, marketed in department stores and Five & Dimes, Noritake took "art
deco" into Americas homes and onto their tables. Much of the "lusterware" where
a thin metallic film was applied over a bright single-color glaze, often with
art deco theme decals in combination with hand painting, dates to this period.
From its early understanding of western taste and mass production, Noritake
also early understood the western methods of mass marketing. It is thus not
surprising to from the late 1920's throughout the 1930's, until the bombing of
Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 put a most unwanted stop to normal business,
"Hand Painted Imported Noritake China" was offered as a premium by the Larkin
company of Buffalo, New York, to its millions of customers purchasing soap,
beauty and home products by mail. Some patterns appears to have been specially
designed for the Larking company such as the "Azalea". Azalea was then sold as
premiums to the Larkin club members and their home agents. Typical marks from
the period c. 1925 to 1940 is the green Noritake mark #190.
In 1941 the export offices were closed and direct export to the US was not
resumed before 1948. Noritake wares from circa 1948 to 1952 may bear a number of
marks including "Made in Occupied Japan" and "Occupied Japan." In 1963 the
company started to use its English name Noritake Company Ltd to which the
Japanese company also officially changed its name in 1981.
Early Noritake china dinnerware featured the "Hand Painted Nippon" design
around the familiar wreath-circled "M" for "Morimura" on the back stamp of most
"Noritake" appears on back stamps of other pieces, with either "Japan" or
"Made in Japan" present on most of these. For a period following World War II
from 1945 to 1948 Noritake China was sold under the label "Rose China". In 1953
the letter "N" for "Noritake" in a wreath replaced the long used "M" in a
wreath. From 1945 until early 1952, occupation of Japan by the Allied Occupation
Forces had been in place and many backstamps for this period say "Made in
Occupied Japan. According to collectors, the number of known different Noritake
marks are today more then 400.
Marks with the initials RC have a special place in the Noritake production.
The first time we find them in the first marks registered in Japan in the 1908,
where RC (Royal Crockery) is combined with a "Yajirobe" or a mechanical balance
toy. According to Noritake symbolizing the universal problem of finding a
balance in business, such as between quality and price. It is not clear how long
this symbol was used but already in 1911 the first marks with the famous laurel
wreath was registered. In 1911 also a series of circular marks with the RC drawn
in an Art Noveu style were registered in Japan. In 1926 a back stamp with RC
(Royal Crockery) with a right turned laurel twig registered in India for India
and Southeast Asian market was used for the first time.
Immediately after the second WW, in 1946, the Noritake was temporary dropped
from the marks and RC was reappearing as "Rose China" together with a picture of
a rose and the words Made in Japan. Since the quality immediately after the war
was not up to the pre-war standard, Noritake preferred to save the valuable
Noritake brand name until later, still already in the 1947 we find the Noritake
name used together with the Komaru (overcoming difficulties) symbol, sometimes
over the telltale line "Made in Occupied Japan".
The Noritake Nippon Toki Kaisha dinnerware has an estimated value on the secondary retail market for an of average of 65.00-70.00 per 5pc place setting ( dinner, Bread and Butter, Salad, Cup and Saucer) with these extras being - 8" Salad Bowls-$14.50-15.00 each, 5-1/2" Small Bowls-$12.50 each, Coffee Creamer-22.50-30.00, Sugar Bowl (missing lid)- 25.00, Gravy Boat-55.00-65.00, 10-1-2" Serving Dish/Bowl-35.00-40.00, 12" Platter- 70.00, depending on the condition and where it is for sale at. These will typically sell higher in an Antique Shop or Private sale compared to an auction. If you are thinking of selling, you might want to check your local Antique Shops in the area to see what yours or one like it would sell for or has sold for, then you can decide to sell online or locally. As antiques and collectibles are subject in selling price to different areas across the country..( Larger Metropolitan Areas bring higher prices then Smaller Cities. )
If you plan on selling this I would list this for sell on the internet where it will have the largest shopping market. There are some great sites you can sell from.
You can sell in your local area or a larger city near you with Craigslist, it is free, and when they item sells the buyer picks it up. You can sell on Etsy, which is a great place to sell from, you list Vintage Items, they can stay until they sell. Much like having a little store online. There is Amazon and of course Ebay. All of these sites get you a lot of World Wide exposure and bring the best traffic. They are all great! If you sell to a dealer or antique or resell shop you can expect to get about 30-40% of what it is worth since they have to resell the item.
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