New Hatpin Holders
One of the common shapes found with fake Nippon marks are hatpin holders.
Figs. 1-2 All of the hatpin holders shown here happen to have the same fake Nippon mark, a new variation of the old rising sun. The original mark has a solid or filled in sun (Fig. 2); in the new mark the sun is hollow (Fig. 1). This is not the only new mark, however, that is found on this latest batch of reproductions.
Fig. 1 New mark
Fig. 2 Original old mark
The body of the sun in the new mark is not filled in, (Fig. 1 hollow). The body of the sun in the old mark is filled in (Fig. 2, solid). This mark happens to appear on all the new hatpin holders shown on this page but other new marks are also used.
Figs 3-5. The new hatpin holder blanks in Figs. 3-5 are 4" tall and 3" across the base. Figs. 3 & 4 have heavily applied raised gold trim which includes gold beading. Decorations in Fig. 4 are outlined in gold. All three have the new rising sun mark shown above.
Figs. 6-10 The new blanks in Figs. 6, 9, and 10 are 6" X 3" and decorated in raised gold. All marked with new rising sun mark except for Fig. 6 which is marked in gold "Handpainted Satsuma". Close up of raised gold and "crazed" glaze shown in Fig. 8. Note that this blank has a large S-shaped indentation on the side as shown in Fig. 10.