Some people have recently inherited Noritake from their relatives and are curious of the value and age of their newly acquired gem.
You will need to pick up one of Joan Van Patten’s books in order to get all the information you need. The lines in the spoke mark above almost appear straight, whereas these have more curved parallel lines with a straight line going down the middle. Every week we receive at least 5 enquiries from our lovely customers wanting to obtain more information about a particular Noritake they own.In some cases they were given their Noritake when they first got married 30 years ago and are looking to add to their existing set or replace a broken piece.This forerunner of the modern Noritake Company was founded in the village of Noritake, a small suburb near Nagoya, Japan.Most of the company’s early wares carried one of the various “Nippon” back stamps to indicate its country of origin when exported to Western markets.In 1914 the company succeeded in creating their first Western style dinner set, called "Sedan", to compete with European porcelain companies.Nippon Toki wares were mostly aimed at the European Market.If you have picked up or inherited a piece of Noritake, it is relatively easy to determine its approximate age.We get a lot of questions about Nippon backstamps and dates of manufacture. (Note: the left bottom side of the Torri mark is slightly worn, it should be even with the right bottom side of the mark.) “Pagoda Hand Painted Nippon”, no known manufacturing date(s). “Imperial Nippon”, found in blue (shown) and green. If you are having a problem identifying a Nippon mark, feel free to use this link to contact us through e Bay & we’ll be happy to help you as much as we can. Noritake is a word frequently heard in collectible and antique circles.