Identifying a Noritake Pattern?

July 19, 2020

Identifying a Noritake Pattern? - upside down cup and white plate with earth tone rectangles around the outer edgeThis was my father's dinner set, it is not my taste, but I am keeping it for nostalgic reasons (he died in 2011). I can't find the pattern name and I'm surprised it is not on the bottom of the china. Can anyone help identify it please?



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I love Mid Century Modern (MCM) and this is a classic MCM look!! Very cool!!!

I can see why you are puzzled. Me too!! When I first saw it, I was like, oh, cool, that is the Mardi Gras pattern, but when I blew it up on the big screen it is similar but not a match.

You could try to send it to Replacements.Com and see if they can tell you what you have. If you took a picture of the plate without the cup in the center and had it clear, you can try their photo match software yourself. I tried altering you photo to do that, but it is too dark and came up not recognizable.

Post back what you learn!! I am so curious!!

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January 9, 2022

The pattern shown is my grandmothers and very similar to the Marigold pattern. I am guessing my pattern doesnt have a name. Was Marigold made in the US? I think my grandmother's shown in the photos was made earlier?

Thank you for any information you can provide especially about my grandmother's pattern.

A china plate with a decorative border.
The marking on the back of a china plate.


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I believe this mark is associated with Noritake Morimura (Morimura being the founding brothers' name). The history of Noritake china dates to 1876, when Japanese businessman Ichizaemon Morimura and his brother Toyo opened Morimura Brothers in New York City.


I regret to say I had no luck finding a pattern match; it might be worth inquiring with

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June 29, 2022 was not able to identify this Noritake china pattern. I only have tea service pieces, tea cups and small luncheon plates.

Possibly it wasn't even made as a complete set. Does anyone recognize the pattern?

A china plate with a floral border.
The Noritake marking on the back of a piece of china.


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This mark was used in 1930s (in the early 1920's until around 1940). I found this information here:
"Mark: "M" for Morimura in a wreath, crowned by "NORITAKE" and below, "Hand painted" and "Made in Japan". This mark was registered in 1918 and seems to have come in to used in the early 1920's when it was used until around 1940, in combination with pattern names and number, and also some rows mentioning that a patent for the decoration was applied for.


Tentative date; 1930's."
Your Noritake china pattern was used in 1930s.

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According to this website

Nippon and Morimura Brothers joined forces in 1904 and established a factory in Noritake, Japan

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Some books on the history of Noritake do state that not every pattern was recorded in the factories. This seems to refer to patterns that were not successful and very few 'runs' were made.


Since this mark was used for so many years, there is no real way to state what year this pattern was produced.

There are several good books on Noritake patterns, and you may be able to do an online search for libraries that may have some of these books available. If you have a current library card, you may be able to have a book sent to your local library, where you can review it or check it out to search for this pattern.

Another way that sometimes works is to find a book for sale on eBay and ask the seller if they would check to see if your pattern is in their book. You may have to check with several sellers, or you could buy a book.
It is my understanding that one book is very good.

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January 5, 2022

I am clearing out my parents' home and they have a set of this Noritake dishes. I can't find anyplace to find out what pattern it is.

A floral pattern on a china creamer.
The marking on the bottom of the china.

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