Does it make a difference if the mark is red, green, black or another color?
A: Most pieces marked with the name of a country were made after 1891, when the Mc Kinley Tariff Act was passed.
Unfortunately, we are not experts, but we always turn to a wonderful book by someone who is for our information. “Torri Hand Painted Nippon” Found in green, blue & burgundy (shown).
These early pieces had back stamp markings consisting of the traditional Japanese "Kanji" characters for "Nippon" (the Japanese name for Japan), as well as the word "Nippon" spelled out in English.
In addition to the Nippon mark, pieces made for the U. market from 1911 to 1921 often have the letter “M” in a wreath.
Pieces made for the British market are often stamped with an “X” with a vertical bar through the center, while pieces for the domestic Japanese market were usually Oriental in design and back stamped with a “Yajirobe,” a Japanese balancing toy resembling an upside-down seesaw. Morimura began stamping its import pieces with the name “Noritake” — the suburb outside Tokyo where the factory was headquartered — in 1911.
The word Nippon is commonly found on the underside base of a litany of items including but not limited to teapots, plates, cups, vases, and other ceramic objects. Nippon was a mark that had a lot to do with the American rise of the wealthy class and the Gilded Age of the latter part of the 1800s and early 1900s.
Mc Kinley Tariff Act Why are these pieces marked "Nippon"? In large part, the answer to the question, why are these pieces marked "Nippon", has a lot to do with the import/export laws of this period.