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Rare pre-1900 "Hana" Painted Nippon Vase

Double gold handles, gold work with "jewels" around top, gold base with "bumps", scene of Mt. Fuji with stream, purples, blues, green grass, two light colored cows (?). See pictures.

Distinguishing marks: 
Nippon, Hana Painted "M" Mark (Pre-McKinnley Tariff)
Date Period: 
Pre 1890s
Size and dimensions of this item: 
10" tall, 4" base
2 pounds maybe
Has been in my family since the 1890s or time of origination
For Sale?: 


kathyBeh's picture

"M" standing for "Morimura" in a wreath, crowned by "Hand painted" and below, NIPPON. Introduced in 1911 and possible in use until 1921. Noritake first produced dinnerware for the American market in 1914. Typical back stamp of Noritake, the letter "M" in a wreath and the words "Hand painted." Does NOT "say made in Japan".

Came across this about fake Nippon marks: "Most fake "M in Wreath" marks are a bright green but are also found in other colors. The mark is larger than the authentic mark and usually sports a rounded "stem" on the bottom rather than the protruding, squared off stem. There are also two other fake "M in Wreath" marks; each is messy looking and muddy and generally in the bright green color, some missing the stem altogether. The real marks are not found in the bright green color. Authentic "M in Wreath" marks (M is for Morimura Brothers) are found in a deeper green, maroon and blue."

Not saying yours is a fake but check out Noritake collectors guild for images of fake marks so you can compare yours to it. Makes a huge difference on the value.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)

I also checked out the fake back stamps from the Nippon Collectors site. One thing about this vase is that it's been in my family and has been passed down through the generations. It was my great grandmothers to begin with as far as I know being to first to possess it. The only living surviving child is now almost 100 years old; my aunt. However, my grandmother lived her entire life with my mother and my mother now lives with me and this vase has virtually "lived" in the china cabinet all of these years later. So without a doubt I know that this vase is at least as old as the 1860s to 1870s which is the span in years my great grandmother Rosalie first had the vase. The only thing I am unsure of at this point is if it was passed down to her or how she came to get it.

Also, I know that before the McKinley tariff all pieces imported from Japan did not possess the "made in Japan" mark but after the fact, it was law. So that is the reason this particular piece and due to it's age does not have that on it. However, I am still curious as to what I actually have and will check with Noritake for direction.

Thank you for your imput.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)

Your vase was produced between 1891 and 1921, which was the time frame that the McKinley-Tariff act was in place. Therefore, this does not go as far back as 1860-1870 as you may have thought. It's a nice piece, and the current value on it in a retail environment would be about $400-$450. If you were to put it on ebay, I would think it would close around $350 or so. Please feel free to check out my ebay store, NIPPON COLLECTOR HEADQUARTERS. Scott

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)

I also have one of these vases. It has gold handles like yours with some beading. It has geese on one side and a scenic view on the other. It has the same stamp which looks like ït says "hana" painted not hand painted. It has been in the family for a long time. I believe it belonged to my great-great grandmother. I am wondering if it is a fake.

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