- Pattern: Unknown (CHK7)
- Made in Japan
- Vintage: 1928 – 1942
- Details: These salad and/or dessert plates are truly original. They are rare, not easily found, when you do find them, the colors can be very different from one set to another. These are in the pink/purple hues. They are hand painted so the pattern, as well as amount of color will change slightly from one plate to the other. They are finished with an iridescent luster, we think all this makes them a unique treasure. The pattern consists of an oriental scene with a Japanese Pagoda by the water’s edge. There are trees and greenery all around. The water is blue, or a little pink, varies with each plate, and the sky is pink. You may notice some plates have a lot of sky painted on them, others have very little painted sky, again, this is due to the hand painted nature of each plate. They are stamped in the back: “Chikaramachi, Made In Japan”, with the logo that’s been registered since 1928. It’s not known when they stopped using the Chikaramachi back marks, but all production, along with U.S. exports, ceased in 1942.
- Materials: Ceramic
- Dimension: 7.5 inches in Diameter
- Condition: Vintage – Used. Excellent Condition. There are no chips, cracks or any other defects on any of these plates except normal wear. Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can’t accept returns. 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 imperfections.
- Shipping is included, (Continental US only), unless otherwise noted. AK, HI and International shoppers will see additional shipping based on your location.
The Morimura brothers founded Morimuragumi (Morimura Association) in Tokyo as an export business for Japanese wears. As business grew, they realized their best sellers were chinaware and created Noritake as their main line for export. The name Chikaramachi has been woven into the Noritake history since 1896. Although many of the records were lost during a 1945 bomb fire, the registration documents for the different Chikaramachi logos were found. The crown and wreath mark was used by the Noritake factory on Chikaramachi Street in Nagoya, Japan, the red mark with the words “Hand Painted”, as shown on these plates, can be traced to 1928. It is not known when they stopped using the Chikaramachi back marks, but all production, along with U.S. exports, ceased in 1942. After the Noritake Morimura Gumi period that ended in 1946, the factory name was changed to Hinode Shokai.