Dating british glass backstamps
In 1890 Congress passed protectionist tariff legislation - the Mc Kinley Tariff.This legislation, in addition to imposing heavy tarriffs on imports and provoking a major depression in the United States, also required that imported items be labeled with their country of origin.By the 1970s, most of the novelty gee-gaws were being produced in Taiwan or Korea.But increasing prosperity in both those countries also moved them into higher level production so by the late 1970s, the major source for such items moved to Hong Kong.
We recently found an item marked "Made in Allied Japan" which seems to date from this period.Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow The dating of antiques and collectibles can be a very tricky business.One guideline to help you guess age can be the country of origin. Before 1890, items imported into the United States were not required to contain a mark showing the country of origin.In 1914, the law was revised and the phrase "Made in..." was required. There are numerous recent items that say only a country name without "made in..." Don't rely on that rule in dating items.When the labeling requirement was imposed the Japanese said "The name of our country is NI-PON so we will mark our wares NIPPON." That was accepted by the customers inspectors until 1921.