This is a very plain mixing bowl, and to be honest as nice as it is I might not have bought it were it not for the interesting maker’s stamp, which reads “Made in Occupied Japan”. The occupation of Japan began in August 1945 and ended in April 1952, so it’s fairly easy to date this bowl. Because of the war the Japanese weren’t that popular with America and part of their export agreement was that items being produced for export were to be stamped ‘Made in Occupied Japan’. Because of the cost of re-tooling some factories continued to use the stamps until around 1955, but by then most of them had done away with it.
So you’re looking at a bowl that’s around 60 years old, which explains the wear and tear you see, although it’s still completely functional. Also while it’s very simply designed, the look appeals to me – it looks like exactly what it is, a hard wearing mixing bowl made to be put to work!
Dimensions: 22cm in diameter x 11.5cm tall
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