Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Q: A friend asked me to look at some dinnerware she had inherited to determine the maker. I think it might be an old Noritake mark, but I have not seen one exactly like it. Can you help?

A: You are right, it's an early Noritake mark. The mark was used about 1935. Noritake porcelain was made in Japan after 1904 by Nippon Toki Kaisha. The M in a wreath represents the Morimura Brothers, a New York City distributing company. The best-known pieces of Noritake are marked with one of the many "M in wreath" marks.

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