September 1, 2018
This month’s featured items are Nippon porcelain, which is the term for porcelain made in Japan for export to the U.S. from 1891 to 1921. Its designs were made for American tastes and it was less expensive that European porcelain. The use of the word “Nippon” was required by the McKinley Tariff Act of 1890, which required that all manufactured goods imported to the U.S. be marked with the country of origin. Since “Nippon” was the Japanese word for the country of Japan, porcelain was marked “Nippon” to comply with the new law. American trade officials accepted “Nippon” as the name of the country of origin until 1921, when it was ruled that “Nippon” was a Japanese word. Because the law required the country of origin to be an English word, the use of “Nippon” was forbidden from 1921 on.
Photos of several recent Nippon porcelain acquisitions are shown below; however, more are available on our website at [insert link here]. Note that the single sugar bowl includes a swastika design, which is a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian and East Asian religions. It was not until its association with the Nazi Party in the 1930’s, that the swastika became associated in the West with racism and antisemitism.
As for special hours this month, we’ll be closed on Labor Day. Also, please note that the Bluemont Fair this year is the 15th and 16th. While we hope to see you then, given the number of people coming to Bluemont for the Fair, we ask that you don’t plan to drop off or pick up repair work that weekend. That’s also the weekend to leave the pets at home as pets are not permitted at the Fair. There will be plenty to see and do; please see bluemontfair.org for details.
Lynne & Bob McCann