ANTIQUES

Nippon export marks are not always the real deal


The Japanese used the word “Nippon” for their country of origin export mark from 1890 until 1921. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.

Q: The Nippon vases in the attached files were a wedding gift to my parents in 1940. What value would they have today?

V.K., Internet

A: I imagine a large percentage of our readers are aware of the collecting category called Nippon. The Japanese used the word "Nippon" for their country of origin export mark from 1890 until 1921. During the period, they produced high-quality hand-painted decorative porcelain often in European styles. Over the last several decades, reproductions and fakes with copycat Nippon marks have flooded the market, so new collectors should be aware. You did not include the dimensions. Potential dollar value, if they are 12 inches high, is $50 to $100 each.

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Q: I am hoping you can help me find something out about the piece in the picture. It was handed down to me from my mother. I was told it was in her family for a very long time. The only markings on it are on the bottom. It says "Germany" in a straight line, and below it is the number "7" marked in red. My mother is deceased now, and I never asked where it came from. I do not know if any family member was in the war or spent any time in Germany. I have searched the Internet to try to find out what the marking means, but have found nothing. Can you tell me anything about my piece? Thank you for any help you can give me.

S.A., Internet

A: Your porcelain teapot was made in Germany as marked, possibly in the Prussia area. The style is Art Nouveau. It was produced circa 1890 to the early 20th century. There were numerous porcelain manufacturers in Germany making beautiful porcelain tableware for export to the United States. Potential dollar value is less than $50.

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Q: I have an Omega woman's watch from about 1877. I am not sure if it is gold, since it has not tarnished. It is like a small pocket watch a woman would wear on a chain around her neck. It has the numbers "3567126" in the inside top of the watch. I would like to know its approximate value. It is engraved on top and bottom, no initials, just fancy, and more so on top.

M., Internet

A: Omega is a name widely recognized by watch collectors. The main interest by collectors is in the wristwatch category. Your ladies Omega pocketwatch was likely made in the first part of the 20th century, circa 1915. Without a couple good, clear photographs, it is not possible to help you with potential dollar value.

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Q: I have a 1911 copyrighted Coca Cola portrait. It has "Atlanta, Georgia" and some kind of autograph on it, but I cannot make it out. Do you have some idea of what it may be worth?

J.M., Internet

A: In order to help you I need a couple good photographs and all the information you find on your In order to help you I need a couple good photographs and all the information you find on your Coca Cola portrait.

John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email absantique@aol.com.

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