These Nippon plates are very delicate and so pretty. They have a floral pattern in pinks and some orange with a tan band and amazing gold trim. Hand-painted and antique, these desert plates have the Rising Sun Mark. How does this mark help to date this Nippon?
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Nippon (also Nihon) porcelain was made in Japan and marked Nippon in 1891 when the McKinley Tariff Act required imports be marked with the country of origin. In the early 1920s, Nippon was no longer used as a mark and was replaced with "Japan." However, some "Nippon" marks continued to be used up until the 1930s. The Rising Sun Mark was used most often from 1911 to 1929 and has been found only in this blue shade.
Nippon comes from the Japanese's pronunciation of their country Ni-hon and is related to the sun-origin or Land of the Rising Sun. Nippon was often sold in five-and-dime stores and Montgomery Ward, Sears & Roebuck, and other department stores.
Currently, I have a beautiful set of Rising Sun Marked, Nippon Bread Plates at my Etsy. A set of nine pretty floral Nippon Circa 1911.
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