Today, Noritake’s former factory grounds were converted into the Noritake Garden (Noritake no Mori) where there is a museum exhibiting exceptional old Noritake pieces, such as vases, jars and dishes from the early 1900s. Visitors can see demonstrations of the porcelain process and, if they wish, try it themselves. Search for Noritake Gardens in Google and you will be awarded with additional information. Just a quick note: next door is the Toyota Factory Tour and Museum.
There are as many reasons why we collect or purchase porcelain. Some people inherit the dish set from a relation and they want to add additional pieces. Or they always wanted to have good quality china set for those special occasions. As with most collectors, I love certain time periods and mine is the Art Deco period. I own several Noritake figurines and love every one of them. I have to admit though I have learned more about history from researching my treasures, than I ever learned in school.
1). NORITAKE Collectibles A to Z; A Pictorial Record & Guild To values by David Spain. Book contains backstamps, history of Noritake and great pictures of porcelain products including figurines, vases, plates and unique dinnerware pieces.
2) Early Noritake; Identification & Values by Aimee Neff Alden. Book contains backstamps and patterns information pertaining to dish sets from 4 different time periods – 1) 1895 – 1916, 2) 1917 to 1929, 3) 1930 – 1939 and 4) 1940-1955. Appendix B contains an article on Historical Background of Chinaware in the United States.
3) Collecting Noritake A to Z; Art Deco & More by David Spain. This book is definitely for Art Deco puff. It also contains backstamps.
4) Replacements, an online china replacements outlet can be used to identify a pattern not just for Noritake but for other chinaware and dish set manufactures. Search for replacements china.