You can find the date on Noritake china by looking at the marks, which are associated with different periods of time. If you have a good reference book or list of the marks and the dates, this takes only a few minutes.
- Find the mark
Turn over the piece of china. Look on the bottom for the mark. Noritake china has several different marks associated with it.
- Divide the marks into the periods
Look for the words "Nippon," "Japan," "Made in Japan," "Rose China," "Made in Occupied Japan" and "Occupied Japan." These words divide the china into several periods: 1890 to 1920, 1921 to 1941 and 1942 to 1963. All marks that say "Nippon" date back to the first period. Marks that say "Japan" or "Made in Japan" date to the second period. Marks that say "Rose China," "Made in Occupied Japan" and "Occupied Japan" date to the period immediately following World War II.
- Determine the date from the specific mark
Look at the specific marks. One of the earliest has a Komaru symbol with "Hand Painted" printed above and "Nippon" printed below it. This dates back to the early 1900s, possibly as early as 1910. A green mark that has the Komaru symbol with "Made in Japan" curved below it and "Noritake" above it signifies that the pottery was made around 1930. Pottery made between 1947 and 1953 have a mark with a pink rose that says "Rose China" above it and "Made in Occupied Japan" below it.