Japanese Tea Set marked 'unity'?

Hi my Mum has atea set which features japanese woman in the seat of the cups, more visible when held up to the light, not painted but moulded in the design of the cup. She says it came from Japan when Dad was there from his army days. But its only mark is 'Unity' which doesn't sound Japanese to me.
Any ideas?

Many htanks Hazel

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7 years ago #2
csmarshall
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The encapsuled "pictures" are called lithophane (alternatively: lithopane). "Unity" is indeed a peculiar name for such items but there are various possibilities: if "army days" refers to WW2 for example we could be talking about a "PK Unity" set made by the Kahla factories in Thuringia/Germany. Got a picture of the mark?

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6 years ago #3
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I have similar set with this mark:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=17328&id=1804748076&l=c60ebb8c58

I agree that it could be German made, because patern and also mark are not as precious as Japanese used to be.

Dasa

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6 years ago #4
Deb
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Hiya

We have the exact same tea set with 'unity' underneath and the japanese lady raised at the bottom of the tea cup. Any ideas about value etc? Cheers

Deb

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6 years ago #5
Dee
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Hello Dasa,

I have the same exact pattern (tea pot, 1 large plate, 6 tea plates, 6 cups/saucers, sugar and creamer).

My Dad was in the British Merchant Navy and brought them back from Japan in the late 1950's. I don't think their made in Germany.

Did you ever find out about the "UNITY" marking on bottom or any idea what they might be worth.

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