UPDATE: Merry Mushrooms Maker's Mark
Nearly two years ago, I explored the maker's marks, import stickers, and other bottom markings on the napkin holder. At the time, the back stamped "MA" or "MR" mark on the bottoms of many of the pieces was a mystery, though I supposed it was the original maker's mark.
More recently, while researching for a future blog, I combed through countless websites and library books searching for a particular import sticker. Though I haven't found that sticker, I did have a sudden pang of recognition at this mark.
Manufacturing and importing in the mid-20th Century was complicated and sometimes not completely honest. Factor in political issues of Southeast Asia of the time, a piece marked "Made in Japan" might really have been made in China or Taiwan (especially after 1980) and sold to importers in the United States. How much importers knew is unknown.
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