- Made in Japan
- Vintage: 1960’s – 1970’s
- Details: For being so small, these figurines are really well made! They are miniature bone china Christmas Nativity figures made in Taiwan ROC for Napcoware, they look hand painted. We have Mary and Joseph figures as well as Baby Jesus in his rustic crib with a baby lamp laying by his side (attached). We have two sets, but only one Baby Jesus, so that’s 2 Mary’s, 2 Joseph and one Baby Jesus, we are including all 5 pieces. Only Mary retains the original foil sticker: “Made in Taiwan”. However, we have traced these to be legitimate Napcoware Bone China made in Taiwan. Beautiful as part of your Christmas decor, great for crafting!
- Material: Bone China
- Dimensions: Mary and Joseph are 2.0 inches Tall. Baby Jesus is almost 1.0 inch Tall and 2.0 inches Long.
- Condition: Vintage – Used. Excellent Condition. We do not notice any issues with any of these pieces except as acceptable due to age/use/wear. PLEASE SEE PICTURES BEFORE PURCHASING, ALL SALES FINAL. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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National Potteries Corporation, (Napco), was founded in Bedford, Ohio, in 1938 by Irwin Garber, David Rein and Mr. Payner. They originally produced their own porcelain and glass but after World War II, Napco started importing collectible ceramic novelty items from Japan. Those items so loved and collected today include: ceramic planters, decorative glass, novelty figurines and their ever famous Head Vases. This helped Napco grow very fast in the 50’s and 60’s. However, during the 1960’s Napco faced hard competition from Lefton, Enesco, as well as from one of their own, Irwin Garber. Irwin left Napco to start International Art Ware Corp (Inarco), which also imported glass and ceramics from Japan, including the head vases that had been so popular for Napco. Like most importers at the time, due to competition, Napco started importing from China as well. In 1986, Napco purchased Inarco and moved the company headquarters to Jacksonville, Florida where they remain today. Napco used a wide array of marks-some transfer marks and some paper labels. The paper labels feature various wording, such as: “A Napco Collection,” “Napco originals by Giftware,” “National Potteries Co., Cleveland, OH, Made in Japan,” and “Napcoware”. With over 70 years of industry history as a prolific distributor during the 20th century, they continue into the 21st century providing exclusively designed products with exceptional quality.