This Japanese Chikaramachi tea cup belonged to my Grandmother.
Chikaramachi has been part of Noritake’s history since 1896, but early records were destroyed in the home office after a bombing attack on March 19, 1945. The names, Chikaramachi and shumokucho came from the intersection of 5 buildings built by the Morimura brothers, the co-founders of what became Noritake, in 1896.
The first Chikaramachi back stamp was registered in 1912. This tea cup has the second series of backstamp (1928), a crown within a laurel wreath, in green.
The quality of the porcelain of many Chikaramachi pieces can have imperfections, rough edges, and inconsistent brushwork. All production and exports ceased in 1942.
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