Here is the vintage Noritake oval platter with the early Noritake back stamp which has "Hand Painted" design around a wreath-circled "M" which stands for "Morimura". It is marked Made in Japan under that. This small single serving dish is in good used condition, no cracks or chips but there is some paint loss on the trim.
I have quite a few pieces of this Noritake china in this pattern but I couldn’t find the pattern name. The pattern is gold trimmed with a soft cream color and then a row of pink rose on a vine with some green leaves, at least I think they are roses. Then under the flowers is a blue line with the rest of the china being white. This dish measures almost 8 ¼” long x 4 ½” wide.
According to my research the earliest pieces of Noritake china bear the back stamp of the letter "M" circled by a wreath, with the words "Hand painted." Pieces made prior to 1921 also bear the word "Nippon" (which simply means "Japan"). After 1921 changes in U.S. laws regarding imports the words "Japan" or "Made in Japan" is usually underneath the back stamp.
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