Vintage Teacup Sets-Trimont Occupied Japan Tea Cup Set
Stunningly beautiful Trimont Occupied Japan Teacup Set. Footed and vibrant this antique teacup set will dress up any table setting or Collector's Cabinet!
Teacup and Saucer Display Holder is included as a gift from Romance Remembered!
During the year after WWII, Japanese manufactures were banned from exporting although American authorities occupying controlled territories permitted the sale of items "Made in Occupied Japan" that were regulated through the years 1946 and 1947. After the regulation was lifted, much of the same tooling was used so the marking continued until about 1955. It took months before Japan could re-tool the manufacturing process from war to peacetime. The Japanese had to conform to a strict U.S. Government identification process for exporting all manufactured goods.
Goods produced for Japanese market did not require these markings and thousands of products slipped through customs that were not marked properly. Not every customs agent looked beyond the top layer of the box. They opened the top and looked in and saw the top level had the marking "Occupied Japan" and let it pass through. Still, many items were refused and returned to Japan by custom agents and business owners because they were not properly identified as being made in Occupied Japan.
They exported every thing you can imagine, but during the last 2 years, 90% of the items were kitchenware, which is why we have so many china, dishes, vases, etc. Many of the figurines were cheaply made, and looked it. But the Japanese had a wonderful talent for mimicry - you will find pieces that you would swear are Dresden and when you turn them upside down, you will find "Made in Occupied Japan!"
It's a piece of history from an era long gone. Little did anyone foresee adding the word "occupied" would create an entire new area of collecting. Unmarked pieces, which otherwise were exactly like the marked versions, are generally valued about 50 percent to 75 percent of the marked pieces according to the book "Today's Hottest Collectibles". I belong to the diehards that believe if it's not marked, it isn't OJ!