Saturday, March 21, 2009

Made in Occupied Japan and Pink Saturday

This Saturday I am participating in Pink Saturday.

So I thought that I would share my items that are "made in Occupied Japan"

I don't have a very large collection. In fact only 2 pieces. Both gifts are from my mom. I always remember her telling me that when you look at the bottom, one of the marks that you want is "made in Occupied Japan" . Items marked this way are more collectible. I think maybe because it signifies a precise time in history.

The stamp on this teacup was hard to get a clear picture of.
It says
Cherry China made in Occupied Japan.

She gave me this little angle years ago. It sat in my Grandmothers bathroom for years. I can still picture it. Pale blue tile half way up the wall. And of course pale blue shag carpeting with blue tub, toilet and sink. VERY 70's! : ) Oh well! It was chic back in the day.

I still always pick stuff up and look at the label. I know it's rude.
But I love the history of the things we decide to keep!

Definition: Occupied Japan
Mark stamped on items produced during the US occupation of Japan which lasted from the summer of 1945 through Spring 1952.

Following the end of World War II in 1945 and until 1952, items imported from Japan to the United States had to be marked in a fashion indicating they came from Occupied Japan. Although four different marks were used on cups and saucers during this time ("Japan," "Made in Japan," "Occupied Japan," and "Made in Occupied Japan"), only the last two marks guarantee the pieces were made in the Occupied Japan time frame. For serious Occupied Japan collectors, it is items with these two marks for which they search.

It seems like most everyone knows about
Pink Saturday Hosted by Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.

But if you don't... You need to zip on over and check it out. There is more pretty stuff and inspiration than you can absorb!

Have a beautiful weekend!

P.S. Check out my 100th Post Give Away... I will name a winner next Friday!


Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Lovely pink things. :0) Love the roses design..Have a grand pink week!

Queen of Dreamsz

Anonymous said...

The detail in your tea cup is so clear. And the little angel is adorable. This pink Saturday, I think I've read 2 or 3 posts who shared something passed down to them. Stories like those and like yours are just precious!

Happy Pink Saturday!

tam said...

Hi Liz! I thought your pink Sat. pieces were beautiful! And I don't think it is ever rude to check the bottom-thats what collectors do! Have a wonderful weekend~Smiles~Tam!

My name is Riet said...

Welcome and happy pink Saturday. I love the teacup. Beautiful. I also always check the bottoms.

Eclectic Chic Style said...

Ooh, I love your pretty pink teacup, and that angel is beautiful!! She is breathtaking. Wow, I never even thought about looking at the bottom of pieces as rude.....I'm the Queen of Rudeness!! LOL I run all over the antique malls, spot a pretty treasure, flip it over, spot another, flip it over!!! LOL!! That's what my Mom trained me to do years ago. I think I've even done it at my mother-in-law's house. :) Have a wonderful Saturday!! ♥ Teresa

Eclectic Chic Style said...

Ooh, I love your pretty pink teacup, and that angel is beautiful!! She is breathtaking. Wow, I never even thought about looking at the bottom of pieces as rude.....I'm the Queen of Rudeness!! LOL I run all over the antique malls, spot a pretty treasure, flip it over, spot another, flip it over!!! LOL!! That's what my Mom trained me to do years ago. I think I've even done it at my mother-in-law's house. :) Have a wonderful Saturday!! ♥ Teresa

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Love the tea cup.. very pretty pink.. thanks for sharing!

Kris said...

Happy PS

Love the detail on the teacup.

Have a happy day


Betty Jo said...

Liz Welcome to Pink Saturday!

Loved your treasures and the info you've shared about the labels. I didn't know this and will definitely be looking for the "right" labels as I go a thrifting. ♥

Anonymous said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

These are fabulous pieces!

~ Gabriela ~

Beverly said...

Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Liz.

I love your pretty contributions to Pink Saturday this week. My mother would love your your sweet angel. She has a few, too.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Hi! Happy Pink Saturday...I enjoy seeing what others collect.

I also looked for your giveaway post and couldn't find it?


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Welcome to Pink Saturday! Your pinks are lovely. Have a wonderful day.


Michelle said...

Love the teacup!!

Have a great Pink Saturday!

Mary said...

Happy Pink Saturday! I think it's so nice that you have the little angel that reminds you of your grandfather. And you teacup is very pretty. Thanks for the lesson about occupied Japan markings. I learn something new everyday from reading blogs! And I turn over everything at antique stores!! Mary

Tristan Robin said...

lovely things - thanks for sharing

hApPy PiNk SaTuRdAy!

Claudia said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Thanks for sharing your pink things with us. I have some Made in Occupied Japan items, too! Its nice to have that memory of your angel.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

You really have a treasure in the occupied Japan cup and saucer. I collect dishes and next to Nippon that is my favorite to look for.

Char said...

Happy Pink Saturday, I too have a few pieces that say made in occupied japan that belonged to my grandmother. Thankyou for sharing your story, beautiful, Char

The Raggedy Girl said...

What an interesting post about Japan and I love the little angel and the story of the blue bath.

Have a Super Saturday
from Roberta Anne

Unknown said...

That angel is very sweet. Thanks for the information on occupied Japan. I've always been curious about that. I hope you'll stop by my PS, too!

Glennis said...

I;m just like you, I always pick things up to look at the mark on the bottom!

I knew about the stamp, but I had no idea what the span of years it was used. This is a great informative post!

And your pieces are beautiful.

Have a great Pink Saturday!

♥Mimi♥ said...

Absolutely wonderful, pink-a-licious goodies you've shared. I just ♥ pink, no matter where I find it!

I so appreciate items from the past, thanks for sharing.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty and nice that they have memories attached. I had a small collection of Occupied Japan years ago, but ended up selling (no memories attached).

Lori Lynn said...

¸.*´¸.**´¨) ¸.**´¨)
(¸.*´ (¸.*´* HAPPY PINK SATURDAY *

Evelyn said...

Beaurtiful teacup!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Gossamer Creations said...

Beautiful pieces. Your teacup is so pretty. Happy Pink Saturday.

Chandy said...

Simply beautiful! Those are great pieces, definitely worthy of Pink Saturday!

Monica said...

Lovely finds!Love the cup.
Happy Pink Saturday,

Vintage To Chic said...

happy pink saturday, come by and join my give away,

Anonymous said...

Interesting post! And great pictures.

Happy Pink Saturday!

suesueb said...

it's wonderful that your mom passed these on to you-beautiful pink!! happy pink week!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Pink Saturday and have a great first weekend of Spring ~ Susan

KatCollects said...

I love the colors in the cup and saucer and the sweet Angel. Happy First Pink Saturday.

BECKY said...

Such nice pretties!! Don't you just love the memories that can flood back with just a glimpse of something familiar and cherished?

I also love to think about who might have owned some of the vintage things I buy, and what it was like to have lived back then.

Thanks for sharing, Liz!!
Have a lovely Sunday filled with joy and praise!

Patricia said...

Beautiful Pieces. My mom has many vintage dishes with this mark on the bottoms. Happy Pink Saturday.

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Liz, I'm so sorry about your kitty! {{{{{HUGS!}}}}

What pretty OJ pieces. Ahhh... blue shag carpet. Sweeeet.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am playing catch up. Why can't I catch up? Anyway...I am here now..and love's not nice to look at the bottom of things? Oops... I do that a lot. Well..not in someones home, of course not. (unless no one is looking) :)
cute little goodies...thanks for sharing! I love angels. Mine has a broken wing..sob..

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

happy pink saturday! I love your cup & saucer.. so pretty floral cup.. I also have lots of Made In Occupied Japan china.. they are so pretty and hard to get now a days.. but yours are so pretty.. thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!

Melissa Miller said...

~Gorgeous Liz!

The flowers on the teacup are so warm and vibrant.

Happy Spring! :)

Bernice the Housewife said...

Those are great pink items--interesting history, too. Happy Pink Saturday!

One Shabby Old House said...

Lovely pink things and a very interesting post. I never knew that about the marks.
Thanks for sharing

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Great pieces Liz...and how special that you got them from your family..I just love all family pieces to me they are just Priceless..thanks for sharing. Happy Monday to you dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that great post--I have a couple of items with that mark. I thought it meant the item was made during the time the US was in Japan---now I know! Hope you had a great Pink Sat!! Dana

Stephanie said...

I love your teacup set. I think it's so cool to have some real history to go with it!! That just makes it all the more interesting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Liz! What a pretty cup & saucer. But what I'm really drooling over is the little angel!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Jenny said...

I have come across this on a few items but never understood! Thank you for the lesson! I love learning new things!! Happy (Late) Pink Saturday!

Anonymous said...

Liz, Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comments. Have a nice day !

Decor To Adore said...

Oh the angel~ I adore her!