This very collectible family estate set belonged to my grandmother who was married in 1925. Set consists of five small individual serving bowls with tiny little feet and a pair of salt shakers. All ornately hand painted with raised gold moriage depicting fancy swirls of grapes and leaves on white porcelain. Stamped on the bottom with the letter M surrounded by a wreath and marked: Hand Painted. Nippon. This mark is also known as Backstamp #21 and dates these pieces prior to 1921.
From 1891 to about 1918 the Morimura Brothers marked their wares with an M inside a wreath, with the word Nippon, and often Hand Painted. This Nippon mark pre-dates Noritake, a name used later by the same Morimura Brothers. Nippon porcelain items were first imported to the U.S. in 1865. But in 1921, the U.S. import laws changed and the word Nippon (the Japanese name for their country) was dropped and Japan or Made in Japan substituted.
This is a gorgeous set. The individual bowls and shakers are in excellent vintage condition. No chips or cracks. Small individual bowls are 3-inch diameter by 1-3/4 tall, and the shakers are 2-1/4 tall and 2-inches across the bottom. Each of the tiny holes on the shakers were originally encircled with gold decoration that has largely been worn off from the chemical affects of the salt. I blame the salt only because all of the other pieces in this set are pristine with no wear at all and the fact that both of them still had salt inside when I found them in my grandmother's china cabinet more than 30 years ago.
The last picture shows one of the five small nut dishes with a large serving bowl that came with this set to give you a reference for size. The large bowl is also included in this offer but at limited value because of a chip (visible) on the inside of the rim.