Antique Ashtray: Noritake "Tiger"
Noritake porcelain is a highly sought-after Japanese collectible featuring beautiful detail and workmanship. Between 1890 and 1921 the company marked their export china with ‘Nippon’ in western characters. These Nippon marks can date pieces to the 1890 to 1921 period, before the McKinley Tariff act demanded ‘Japan’ was used.
After 1921 all Noritake production was stamped “Noritake” and was marked ‘Japan’ or ‘Made in Japan’ to comply with the McKinley Tariff Act.
The M in the wreath mark was used from around 1914 to 1940. Noritake stopped importing to the United States in 1940. The M stands for Morimura. (The Morimura brothers formed the Noritake company and were early importers of Japanese goods to America.)
This beautiful piece showcases a raised tiger and exquisite raised trim on the top and outside borders. The ashtray features three lips and measures 6” x 6 5/8”
An incredibly special piece.