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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. I have a dragonware tea set with a mark that is something like Noritake's wreath, only simpler, with the letter "T" and "Japan" underneath. This set was given to my grandmother prior to WWII by a tenant who was in the import-export business. The china is translucent and very pale pink and yellow under the heavier markings.
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During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), a wider variety of designs were exported.
Any trademarks used are the property of their respective owners. Noritake china is often referred to as antique, vintage, or collectible, but this terminology can be confusing to a new collector. "Collectible" can be used to mean pieces under 100 years old, and much of Noritake falls under that definition.