Tuesday, September 2, 2014


From 1921-1941, wares from Japan exported to the United States had to be marked "Japan" or "Made in Japan".  During World War II most ceramics factories (for exports) ceased,  except Noritake (see Japanese Ceramics of the Last 100 Years, by Irene Stitt pg 167). After the war exports were labled "Made in Occupied Japan". After 1952 exports were usually marked "Made  in Japan" or just "Japan". 

Made in Gifu Japan.

Lustre ware vase with the triple leaf mark is an unknown. Many companies have closed and many records were lost. Many of these companies were in the Seto-Mino area. See Made in Japan Ceramics III by Carole Bess White mark #66.
Update: I learned from a Japanese web site on wares made during WWII, for domestic use with this mark. These were designated as being from Gifu Prefecture. 



This is a relatively common shape for a lemon server but have not found an identical one. IMO, this is probably from between the mid 1920's to the mid 1930's.

I woüld place these in the Taisho period circa 1920's. The saucer size correlates with the sizes of domestic Japanese small plates made during that period.  They were probably made using the same molds as the backs look quite similar. The saucer is 11cm in diameter and the small plate is 13cm. 


This is a miniature tea cup with just a Japan mark. 

            Unknown maker

Unknown mark see Collector's Guide for Made in Japan Ceramics Book IV by Carole Bess White.
Mark #34

      Unknown maker, not found on any of the MIJ books I have.

This tea pot has a round mark with 16 petal chrysanthemum with a T at the center. Hand painted, Made in Japan.


IWATA* Made in Japan

Made in Japan transfer ware. Mountain and branch Mark. Attributed to Iwata. See Made In Japan Ceramics III by Carole Bess White mark #68.


TAKITO "TT" Made in Japan

According to Gotheborg.com this is the Takito Co. mark. The company was on business from 1880-1948. The products sold from 1891-1921 were marked with Nippon. This mark would be between 1922 and 1941. See white's book mark #56


See White's book mark #43

See White MIJ Ceramics book IV mark #57 United China & Gift Co. (Formerly United China & Glass). 

Valmont China with the United China & Gift co. Logo in the center.


Sterling China Japan

Tashiro Shoten

See White's Book IV marks 21,21a, 21b 

GOLD CASTLE Made in Japan

Gold Castle is a Tashiro Shoten Mark

See White's book mark #44

Trico China is a Tashiro Shoten Mark (see White'book mark #11)


This is a new one to me "Kongo China"

   The red sun mark with RS in the center. Made in Japan. Shimizu Ryonosuke Shoten. 

Some MIJ were made for Shops in the USA

        C. 1920's       Seiji &co. Pre WWII. Closed 1962

Moriyama Morimachi

                                        Moriyama Morimachi ⬆️

Maruhon ware
Gift Craft, of Toronto) Mid 20th Century

Unknown mark

Unknown mark

Hand Painted Nippon Made in Japan with 二 in a diamond shape.

Made in Nagoya Japan The kanji for Ishi (stone) in a circle. 

Seto Novelty by Maruyama Toki 丸山陶器


Nippon Made in Japan mark circa early 1920's

NS Made in Japan



NKT with two birds facing each other with Made in Japan, is the mark of what is currently the NIKKO CO. This company produced from 1912.

CHubu China


  1. What is the mark of the 5 petaled flower with horizontal lines on it?

    1. I'm having a hard time visualizing it.

  2. I am curious if you know the maker of the teapot with 16 petal chrysanthemum with a T at the center mark.

  3. Many of the pre war marks are not known. Many small shops were destroyed and records lost.

  4. Hello, I am an archaeologist excavating in the State of Israel and have recovered a tea cup base with "Japan" stamped on the bottom. As you note above, exports from 1921-1941 bore this mark. Can you provide a reference for this? I would be extremely grateful and will credit your assistance.

  5. Hello,
    I have a tea cup with "Japan" stamped on the bottom. As you note above this was apparently common from 1921-1941. Would you be willing to provide any references for this? I would be extremely grateful. Thank you!

  6. Since I cannot see your cup I cannot verify its age. Japan and Made in Japan were used between 1921-1941, followed by the war when there were no exports, then Made in Occupied Japan. After the Occupation, Japan and Made in Japan were implemented again. There are many resources that have this information. I have several books listed on my blog. Here are three that include information on the 1921-1941:
    "Japanese Ceramics of the Last 100 Years" by Irene Stitt (1974)
    "Collector's Guide to Made in Japan Ceramics" Carole Bess White Vol. 1-4
    "Made in Japan Ceramics 1921-1941" by Barbara Ifert (1994)

  7. http://www.japanesepotterymarks.info/identification_marks.php?marknum=1102

    Hi Marnie, do you know this mark? I have a small vase with this mark.Thank you.

    1. Factory made export ceramics, Kozan Gama or tiger mountain kiln. 虎山窯

  8. Hello Marnie, would you please identify this mark. Square red with 4 letter " 光 和 陶 噐 " as top left possition, bottom left , top right , bottom right as order each word above. Thank you very much and have a good day.


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