Empress China "Hand Painted Japan"

by MSfromtheOC
(Irvine, CA USA)

Empress China

Empress China

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We received a set of dishes from family members, the set is a beautiful floral pattern with a gold rim. On the back is a maker's mark that I would describe as follows...

At the top are the words: "Empress China" and long the bottom of the mark it says"Hand Painted" and "Japan"

The center of the mark looks like a stylized H, but you can see it better in the photo. I'm guessing that this is from post-war Japan, as it's in English and not Japanese, but not sure.

Any ideas would be appreciated.



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Empress China "Hand Painted Japan"


Many thanks for your contribution to the website.

Probably post-war, but check on Gotheborg.com. Empress China may be one of the hundreds of marks of Noritake, but I am not sure.

Peter (admin)

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empress china
by: Marilyn

I have 3 serving platters in the same pattern by Empress but cannot idenify them. Did you have any success with your inquiry? My email for response is:

thanks very much

No luck
by: Anonymous

Sorry, we have not had any response or luck so far identifying the china mfg or pattern.

Empress China
by: Kennedy

Michael...did you ever find out about the Empress China that you inherited? I have some as well. My pattern is very similar. I am interested in having more.

by: Michael

No luck so far finding out any additional information on the plates. It does not appear to be one of the many Nortake marks.

Kennedy, if interest in getting more info on the plates I have, and/or obtaining mine, please contact me at mscharf (at) cox.net


Empress China
by: Karen

I went to the Replacement.LTD site and scrolled down to the EMP1-100 patterns. I clicked on every single one until I found my pattern. It is there...you just have to keep looking. It is well worth it. I am so happy to have found my pattern. Now all I have to do is find the plates to purchase.

We have a similar pattern
by: Anonymous

We have a similar pattern of China with the exact same maker's mark. This set was given to my parents as a wedding present in January of 1939.

by: Anonymous

I have found the exact pattern of my Empress China. I found it by looking at a list of about 100 patterns. I clicked on everyone and compared it to my plate that I had in my hand. I finally found mine...#93. YIKES. I am glad to know what it is. I still can't find anymore. But I hope that sooner or later I will find a set. It is not at all expensive...just obscure.

I have a set of Empress china for sale
by: Anonymous

I have a set of Empress China as pictured for sale. E-mail waynem941@gmail.com or call 917.716.0905

full set
by: Teresa

I have a full set of dinner ware in this pattern. i would be willing to sell it all or pieces. contact imthemommy7@hotmail.com

Empress Chine Japan 93
by: Anonymous

Teresa - I don't know when you sent your comment. I have sent you an e-mail. I hope that you still have the china that you mentioned.

Empire Chine - Charles Sadek Company - Pre-War Japanese Imports
by: Peter (admin)

Hi All

Thanks for your contributions to this thread.

The pre-war date someone gave to these wares (by anecdotal evidence above) made me do some more digging.

I have found some hot new evidence that the firm in question that owned the Empress China Japan brand was a Charles Sadek.

The news is that the dates fit in that they apparently started importing china to the US from Japan in the 1920's. They were a volume distributor apparently, which explains why we still have quite a bit of this stuff around.

Peter (admin)

Empress China Japan
by: Joann

I was reading all of the comments and I too inhereted an entire set of this fine china. The set I have was from my deceased aunt and its over 100 yrs old. I have been trying to find a value for the entire set, dishes, cups, saucers, serving bowls, soup dishes etc. The pattern is one that I have identified on the Empress China web site. Does anyone know the monitary value of these sets?

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