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Posted 9 months ago

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Japanese Cup w/ Dragon
"Japan" & 2 symbols are written on the bottom. Do the symbols represent the manufacturer?
I have been unable to determine the age & if it is part of a collection.
How can I determine if it is trimmed in 'real' gold, or if it is porcelain?
I was told it was from the 1960's.
Any other information would be appreciated.
thank you

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  1. jwendell222, 9 months ago
    The symbol above ‘Japan’ is typically the kiln but occasionally an artist, so it is indeed the name of the manufacturer. There are lists of these kilns on line, the largest for Japan being Gotheborg. I scanned that list for your mark but did not find it, not at all unusual. The mark ‘Japan’ or Made in Japan’ was used between 1921 and 1941 and again after April 1952, the likely period for your cup. 1960 is a good choice. There are dragon cups on eBay very similar to yours attributed to 1960.. That is actually gold trim and decoration on your cup, probably 14 karat or higher. It is applied as a gold compound, usually a red ‘paint’ and on firing the gold is precipitated as an extremely fine layer. The amount of gold is insignificant in terms of gold weight, it value being in the enhancement of the decoration. Hope this helps, Jim
  2. Alpha1 Alpha1, 9 months ago
    Appreciate your input Jim, Thank you
    When I searched I was unable to find any of the same design.
    I have 8 total, but have only used the same 2 for coffee & tea. The cups retain a coffee residue/stain, but it cleans off. They are always hand washed & you can't tell the used from the never used when clean.

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