Posted 4 months ago
This plate is about 10" square and weighs a hefty 4 lbs and .3 ounce. Plate may not be the best description for it as it is a big chunk of glass. It has a flat ground and lightly polished base about 4" in diameter. It was purchased by a sailor serving on a ship during the Korean War (25 June 1950- 27 July 1953), while on shore leave in Japan. He purchased it for his sister who collected plates. She stored it and never displayed it. It was probably only taken out of the box two or three times to look at it. When she passed two years ago, she had many boxed plates in new condition in her collection which passed to her nephew, son of the sailor, who sold it to me. It has the original box, with excelsior packing materials and a small brochure which may be useful for dating other Iwata pieces.