Do not use this test on unglazed pieces. Since only half of the pieces required the identity mark, it is possible to get two-piece sets, such as a cup and saucer, where only one item bears the mark. For serious Occupied Japan collectors, it is items with these two marks for which they search. Search page: Have a question or need a free estimate of value? The Japanese also copied British potters such as Staffordshire and Wedgwood, as well as European potters such as Meissen, Dresden and Delft. What I do is check in the resource books to get a price range, and then I use eBay to see what people are willing to pay.
In some cases it was a label, sometimes an embossed name, but most commonly a black or red printed ink stamp. When I was a boy I collected postage stamps. What is the value of my lamps? Porcelain miniatures, standing 2 ½ inches tall, of a shell, dancing girl, clock, toothpick holder, bag and Oriental vase. Others feel that the mark gives an authenticity and makes the item worth a higher price. But it was in copying the children of Berta Hummel that they were the most prolific. They come in a number of sizes, depicting both men and women, and boys and girls, dressed in many different costume styles.
The color is not significant and has no bearing on the value of the item. Later, I further limited it to British stamps from the reign of Queen Victoria. If a couple make up one lamp, the other lamp has the couple in opposite places. Unbroken, unchipped pieces carry higher value then those that show damage and wear. Sooner or later they must set limits to give focus and to keep costs under control. You can sort by any title. Bill informed me that a series of Antique Bourbon fiberglass promotional figures were produced in the late 1960s.
Having a matching set is imperative for the value of the set. Japanese figurines made during this era must have the official markings to be valuable to collectors. Decorators have discovered the tremendous variety exhibited by 1950s, '60s and '70s tabletop and floor electric lighting. My own favorite are the miniature clocks, of which there seems to be an unending number; no sooner do I think I have them all when a different one turns up. I hope these pages help you with your Occupied Japan collecting! The majority of the items are European ceramic copies and inexpensive novelties that people could purchase from dime stores.
The shades appear to be period, i. Collectors now search for these pieces. It is my opinion that they portray Little BoPeep and Little Boy Blue. What is the history of my statue and how much is it worth? Even those figures not based on a particular Hummel are so good in their design that they could fool you in to thinking they are originals. To ensure that these items have the greatest value, collectors look for ones that are in perfect condition without any chips or other imperfections. While not great works of art, they are, nevertheless, highly collectible and have a charm all of their own, making a lovely display in either mixed or specialized lots.
The weight lifter and sailor are the hardest to find. Search page: Have a question or need a free estimate of value? This mark will be under the glaze. Toys are listed in the Toy category. I've also photographed the manufacturer's marks for these pieces. I hope these pages help you with your occupied japan collecting! Many of the examples were reproductions of men and women in 17th -century costume. If a man is on one lamp, then the mate is usually a woman.
An example of a fine-quality wall clock that strikes on the hour and half-hour, with a 15-inch overall diameter. Because I am not an expert in Occupied Japan collectibles just an avid collector , I really don't know what the value is for different pieces. They show all sorts of subjects and sell for very low prices. One exception to this rule is a boxed item that shows the mark on the box but not on the item; but of course the item and box must always be kept together. Many pieces with the Occupied Japan mark were inexpensive novelties for dime stores, while others were copies of European ceramic favorites. My collection then became manageable and affordable. Examples include baskets, vases, bowls, toothpick holders, clocks, etc.
The fact that you sent a photograph was the primary reason I selected your question. Using the links in the lists below, you can view the pictures I've taken. I've tried to show the cups and saucers in various angles to better identify the patterns on each. To help accomplish this task, the U. As with all collectibles, collectors are split on whether or not these prices are appropriate.
Cuckoo clocks and beautiful hanging clocks with a bird in a cage were also made. A -- The number of questions I receive inquiring about the value of electric table and floor lamps increases each year. When they think of Occupied Japan, most collectors think of porcelain figurines. So I limited my collecting to postage stamps from Great Britain. As my own collection has grown over the last few years, I found myself unable to remember which patterns I already had. The unofficial occupation started Aug. Dolls sets and tea sets were also very popular.
Warning There are frauds out on the market. Are they of any value? According to some, the mark raises the price too much on what would otherwise be a lower priced item. The girl appears to be dancing, the boy is playing a horn. One consists of a peasant girl and the other a peasant boy. AntiquesNavigator uses numerous keyword searches on completed auctions to create this archive, if you're looking for Occupied Japan for sale then check out this page. A most ingenious wind-up toy duck that lays eggs. They could be from any country, any time period and depicting any subject.