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THE HISTORY OF NORITAKE
1858

Japan signed the Friendship and Commerce Treaty with U.S.A., Netherland, Russia, United Kingdom and France.

1868
The Shogunate ended and Meiji era began.
1876

Morimura-Kumi formed in Tokyo for exporting. (The Morimuras & The Okuras joined.)The Hinode Company established in New York City for retailing.

1879

The Hinode Company closed. Morimura Bros. & Co. established in New York City.

1880
The Hiroses joined Morimura-Kumi, Tokyo.
1882
Morimura Bros. & Co. decided to be the wholesaler.
1884 

Morimura-Kumi arranged to have the subcontract decorating shops in Tokyo, Nagoya & Kyoto.

1904

The Nippon Toki Kaisha, Ltd. established at 510, Mukai, Noritake,Takaha-mura, Aichi-gun, Aichi-ken. (Now, 3-1-36, Noritake Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Nagoya, Japan) (The English name was changed to Noritake Co., limited in 1963)

1916

Nitto Shokai established in Nagoya for the home market.(Now, Noritake Sales, Ltd.)

1917

The Toyo Toki Kaisha, Ltd. established at Kokura to produce Earthen­ware, Chinaware & Sanitary ware. (Now, Toto Ltd.)

1918
Morimura-Kumi reorganized as Morimura Bros., Inc.
1919

The Nippon Gaishi Kaisha, Ltd. established in Nagoya.(Now, NGK Insulators, Ltd.)
Okura Art China established in Tokyo.
(Now, Okura China, Inc.)

1921

Morimura Bros., New York, merged in Morimura Bros., Inc. Tokyo.Ina Seito Kaisha, Ltd. established in Tokoname. (Now, Ina Seito Company Limited)

1936

The Kyoritsu Yogyo Kaisha, Ltd. established in Nagoya. (Now, Kyoritsu Ceramic Materials Co., Ltd.)
The Nitto Sekko Kaisha, Ltd. established in Nagoya.
(Now, Nitto Gypsum Co., Ltd.)    
Nippon Tokushu Togyo Kabushiki Kaisha established in Nagoya.
(Now, NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.)

1939 
Started to produce Grinding Wheels.
1947
Noritake Co., Inc. established in New York City.
1956
Started to produce Stainless Steel Flatware.
1958

Noritake (Australia) Pty. limited established in Sydney.
Noritake Co., Limited and Toto Ltd. contracted the production
agreement with Gladdin McBean & Co., U.S.A.(Brand name: Franciscan)

1961
Started to produce Crystal Glassware.
Started to produce Melamine Ware.
1962
Started to produce Grinding & Ceramic Machines.
1963
Started to produce Coated Abrasives.
1969
Started to produce Electronic Parts.
1971 
Started to produce Earthenware.
Started to produce Stoneware.
1972
Started to produce Clay pipe.Lanka Porcelain Limited established in Sri Lanka.
1973
Started to produce Diamond Tools.
1974
Porcelana Mariwasa Inc. established in the Philippines.
1976 
Noritake (Benelux) S.A. established in Belgium.
1979 
Noritake Model Plant opened.
1981
The Company's Japanese name changed to Noritake Co. limited.
1985
Nitto Gypsum Co., Ltd. merged into Noritake Co., Limited.

HISTORY OF THE NORITAKE BACK STAMP

The trademark found on manufactured goods can be called a face of the manufacturer who guarantees the quality of goods and represents the responsibility of the company.

Back stamps placed on chinaware express the high spirits of the pioneers of the ages and symbolize vital strength of Japanese pottery which has spread to all parts of the world.
 
1904

Foundation of the Nippon Toki Kaisha, Ltd. (Now, Noritake Co., Limited)

The company was established at 510, Mulkai, Noritake, Takahamura, Aichi Gun, Aichi Prefecture. "Noritake" took its name from the place, Noritake.

1908
The first back stamps registered.
Back stamp for domestic market, registered in Japan. RC stands for Royal Crockery (fine china).
The symbol design is called "Yajirobe" (toy of balance). It symbolizes the balance in management.
Back stamp for UK market, registered in London.
1911
More back stamps were registered in Japan
Back stamp for U.S market.
The wreath was designed from the crest of the Morimuras., The “M” is also taken from Morimuras'.

Back stamp for U K.

The centered design of the stamp was taken from the Chinese character (Komaru), meaning difficulty. In the export business we had to deal with people from foreign lands who thought and acted in a manner somewhat different from which we were accustomed to. Since we had to overcome these difficulties, we chose this character and drew a new design. This progressive thinking is representative of the people of the Meiji Era.

1914
This was the back stamp of the first dinner set to be produced by Noritake.
"Sedan" is the pattern name.
1918
The word "Nippon" on our back stamp was changed to "Japan" to show the country of origin in legible English word. Under the McKinley Tariff Act (1890), the country of origin was mandatory to be shown in English, but somehow or other "Nippon" was stamped from 1891 to 1921.
1926
Back stamp for India and Southeast Asian market, registered in India. Royal Crockery with laurel leaves was used for the first time.
1933
The back stamp design was again changed to show laurel leaves with a ribbon on the bottom. This is the basic design of the back stamps we use today.
1946
"Rose China"
Immediately after the war, we resumed production of china, but for various reasons we could not manufacture the same high quality china we had   made and exported before. Since we wanted to keep the Noritake mark for only the highest quality products, we temporarily used the Rose China back stamp.
1947
“Made in occupied Japan”
This mark reflects the conditions of our country during the years of the occupation.
1948
Since 1946 we made every effort to improve the quality, and being satisfied we again started to use the Noritake back stamp in 1948.
1950

"Noritake" was finally registered in America. Because Noritake is the name of a place, the word could not be officially registered as a trade name. However, because of the consistently high quality and reliability of our products, we were finally given permission to register the name.

Pattern number D175 is a production since 1912, and it remains a popular pattern all over the world even now.

The pattern number and the mark design were registered in both Japan and America.

1953
This back stamp was registered in both Japan and America. The "N" is taken from our formal name Nippon Toki. This back stamp can be seen on our current dinnerware patterns.