Dating nippon porcelain
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.
The use of Nippon can sometimes cause confusion as some pieces bear marks that state simply ‘Oriental China, Nippon’ around a rising sun.
For porcelain collectors, this makes dating your piece really easy.
If your piece is marked "Nippon," then it was made and imported between 18.
If it is marked "Japan", then your piece was made and imported after 1921.
The mark may tell you where your piece was made and if you know the history of understanding pottery marks, then the mark can help you date your piece too.
However, the mark is not the only clue to assessing value of your Nippon piece. There are so many pieces of Nippon out there that value varies widely.
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’.
The value of a piece of Nippon porcelain is in the quality, size, type, and condition of the decoration and other aspects of the item too.
For instance, coralene and moriage decorated pieces of Nippon porcelain are highly sought after and command very high prices.
Between 18 the company marked their export china with ‘Nippon’ in western characters.
These Nippon marks can date pieces to the 1890 to 1921 period, before the Mc Kinley Tariff act demanded ‘Japan’ was used.