I think this couple just has to be George and Martha Washington... This 3 1/2" figurine is marked Made in Occupied Japan. Hand painted with a few gold high lights, most of the color remains intact. Characteristic of hand painted figurines, the features are not as exact as mechanically produced and decorated figures. There are stray paint marks. No breaks, chips or nicks noted. In the photos there is dust in the crook of his right arm that easily wiped out and is no longer there.
The US Occupation of Japan started just after World War 2 in 1945. Because most of their manufacturing abilities were destroyed by bombs during the war, a restoration of Japan’s economy was begun by rebuilding its industry and their exportation trade. Manufactured goods didn't begin to reappear until 1947 . So most items found today that are marked; “Made in Occupied Japan,” or “Occupied Japan”were manufactured between 1947 and the end of the occupation in 1952.
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