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    Posted 8 years ago

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    My mother-in-law was a fantastic investigator of all things and could find out what things were in the age before the internet! Alas, even with the internet, I am having difficulty figuring out how to find out what the backstamp says on this teaset!

    There are a teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, 6 cups and saucers and a tray. They all are marked on the bottom in Chinese (?), which I don't read. Then there is the pattern. How to find out what it is? And then, how old it is?

    Thoughts? Direction? Thank you all in advance!

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    1. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Japanese, Satsuma
    2. lisabopbop lisabopbop, 8 years ago
      @Stillwater - thank you!
    3. kutanicollector, 6 years ago
      Looks like Arita (Imari) style design,but that mark is...odd. The "n" looking symbol is Kyu/Ku (number 9), the "U" is Hi (hee) but upside down and the cursive "L" looks a lot like the modifier that makes Hi into Hyo, but it's sideways. Add to that,the Ku is in kanji script and the Hyo in hiragana. @_@;;

      So, Hyo-Kyu? Kyu-Hyo? Hyoku could be a first name...
      Gotta love a puzzle...
    4. Stillwater Stillwater, 6 years ago
      You're looking at it sideways there. Its written in hiragana and consists of "sa" which is ?, "tsu" which is ?, and "ma" which is ?. Satsuma. But I see how you got that, the ? does look like ? and the ? would then look like ? if you're looking at it sideways
    5. kutanicollector, 6 years ago
      Stillwater,you are absolutely correct, that's what I get for reading bad handwriting so late. Looking at the teapot, the tsu looked like a 3 stroke hi and the ma is missing the 2nd horizontal stroke making it look like a scribbled yo.

      If I muck up that bad again, you have permission to lob a brick at my head >_<;;
    6. Stillwater Stillwater, 6 years ago
      Lol I can see how you got that though. If you have an interest in Japanese, here's a fantastic way to learn kana. I struggled with it for a few months and when I used mnemonics, I had them both memorized in about 2-3 days

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