These two plates belonged to my mother-in-law. From what I have been told by family members, they were brought back from Japan by her late brother sometime in the mid to late 1940's. He was stationed t after WWII. She had them hanging on her wall all these years.
The plates are 8 1/2" in diameter. They are in excellent shape for items this old. The plate with the watermelon decoration on it is the only one that has any type of chip or crack in it. T is a very, very small chip along the edge of the plate that looks as though it was repaired. You really have to look to see it. Other than that, I can find no other chips or cracks of any kind on either plate. Both plates are signed on the front, although I could not exactly make out what is printed on the front. On one plate, the signature appears to read "Y Tokimaga" and on the other it reads "I. OMG". Like I said, that is what they appear to read to me, but I cannot be sure. T are stickers on the back but I cannot tell what they say. One has faded with age and the other has partially peeled away. The plates have holes in the back for wire or ribbon hangers. One of the plates has a wire hanger on the back, and the other one has a ribbon hanger on the back. They appear to be made of porcelain. They really are beautiful.
These would make a wonderful addition to anyone's antique plate or porcelain collection. The plate stands in the photos do not come with the plates. The auction is for the plates only. T is an extremely low starting bid and no reserve on these fine collectible plates. Check my feedback and bid with confidence. I pack extremely well so S&H is a flat 8.50. Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada is slightly higher. I will ship them by Priority Mail. I accept checks (must clear). money orders, or PayPal. Thanks for looking.