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�Occupied Japan� Followed WW II

The words, “Made in Occupied Japan” are found on merchandise made in that country between August of 1945, when World War II ended there, and about 1952. The “Occupied” was added to help American consumers recognize that these pieces were different fro items made earlier, which many loyal Americans did not want to purchase.

Many of the items made in Japan during this time were cheap dime store novelties, although some copied popular ceramic novelties from Europe.
When the occupation by Allied forces ended, the marking reverted to the previously used “Made in Japan.”

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Silver Buttons Could Be Used As Currency

The buttons worn in everyday use by the Dutch had designs that reflected the everyday interests of the people.

Silver buttons were a distinguishing feature of peasant costumes throughout Europe, but in most regions these fine buttons were used for their festive garments. This was not the case in Holland, where they were worn on everyday clothes.

The people of the Netherlands were dependent on the sea, both as fishermen and sea-farers. And as merchants of the world, they knew the value of ready cash. Their working clothes, of woolen jerseys and wide knickerbocker-style trousers, required strong buttons. So, while many of their European neighbors made their ceremonial buttons of dainty silver filigree, the Dutch made substantial buttons that could be worn regularly. They looked a lot like coins, and when the need arose, could be used as cash.

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Model Of Ship Used For Utensils

A nef refers to a large, elaborate, realistic model of a ship. These models date to the Middle Ages, where they were considered a status symbol for a nobleman’s table. Made of either silver or gold, the original use was to hold table utensils.

In the 19th century, copies were made in silver, both sterling and silver plate, and used once again as table decorations. They could also be used to hold cakes, candies or spices.

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