The Noritake Company was first registered in 1904 as Nippon Gomei Kaisha. In 1917 the name became Nippon Toki Kabushiki Toki. The "M in Wreath" mark is that of the Morimura Brothers, distributors with offices in New York. It was registered in 1918 and used from the early 1920's through 1941.
This lovely hand painted spoon holder, circa 1920-1930, has the same lovely floral motif on both sides. It is decorated with soft pink azalea blossoms, buds and pastel shaded green leaves. Was probably made as an added piece for their azalea pattern dinner-wear. The trim and handles are gold decorated. The holder measures 8" in length, 2" in width and 2 1/4" in height. Stamped in magenta "Noritake - 'M' - Hand Painted - Made in Japan". There is no cracks, chips or repairs; very light gold wear is evident. Be a hit at your next buffet dinner, luncheon or afternoon tea. I have a tremendous variety of these spoon holders in my store