Guide to Noritake China & Dating Noritake Marks – Antique Marks The Morimura Brothers formed the Noritake company in Tokyo and opened an export office in New York.
Some current marks include pattern or series names including Impromptu, Oneida, Grandceram, New Lineage, Noritake Tea Collection, among others. The most current Noritake mark includes ‘Noritake Bone China’ above a Grecian style urn, within a wreath and with ® and Japan below.
As a rough guide here is info regarding early Disney copyright notices.
After WWII, from 1948 to 1952, Noritake China was marked in slightly differing ways, the most common marks used included ‘Occupied Japan’ or ‘Made in Occupied Japan’.
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.
Pieces from Japan were marked “Nippon,” the transliteration of the Japanese word for Japan. Customs required country names to be in English, and the word “Japan” was used instead of “Nippon.” Items marked “Made in Occupied Japan” were made between February 1947 and April 1952. According to experts on 19th- and 20th-century Japanese ceramics, the color does not help date a mark. There is no explanation for when other colors were used.
After 1915 the words “Made in…” were usually added. Join The Discussion is pleased to share your comments.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.These Nippon marks can date pieces to the 1890 to 1921 period, before the Mc Kinley Tariff act demanded ‘Japan’ was used.After the first World War all Noritake production was marked ‘Japan’ or ‘Made in Japan’ to comply with the Mc Kinley Tariff Act, and Nippon was only very rarely used after 1921.There is high demand for good quality pieces, even with some wear to the handles, which is quite common, and they can fetch good prices.