Shikino Utsuwa China Bowls
Set of Five Bowls in Box
(All In Excellent Condition)
While at a yard sale one weekend, we came across a display box. It contained a set of five Japanese china bowls, each bowl with its own individual design. So we looked them over, including the box they were in, and the labels that were on it…. Not only did we find them interesting, we also discussed their possiblecollector value…. Then, after doing all of this…we decided to buy them, along with a few other items as well….
We discovered these china bowls to be excellent china products, with original patterns. And yes, there are a total of 5 Japanese china bowls in the box, all of which are in excellent condition, and each china bowl with its own specific design. There are no chips, no scratches, and no fading of the designs on any of these china bowls—and all of them are in excellent condition (they were never used). And they all have the same marking on the bottom of each bowl with a ‘Made In Japan’ sticker as well.
The box these china bowls are displayed in is in decently good condition. There are a few dents in the box, and a few corners are slightly worn on the box lid, but that is all. The outside of the box still has the original ‘Made In Japan’ sticker on it; the ‘Item# KS54/AS’ label is clearly readable; the ’1 SET’ label is also very readable.
Now then. We were able to find many china bowls through research that have the same item number, but none of them come close in pattern designs to the ones we have acquired. Plus the china bowls we have, though they were designed to have rice and other types of foods eaten out of them—they were clearly kept as collectibles. And we were also told by the people we acquired them from that their son had bought them while he was assigned over seas in the military…. He bought them, then brought them home and gave them to his mother.
We know that these china bowls are clearly a Japanese collectable, but we are unsure if they are considered an antique. We don’t know where or how long ago the man purchased them. We are certain, however, that they are at least ten years old, at the time of this posting on 3/22/13.
One thing we can pass on to the reader, at the current time, is that we could not find out any other information about these particular china bowls, no matter where we do research on them.
<U>Special Note</U>: While taking the picture of these china rice bowls, and because of the finished surfaces of these bowls, the light reflected off of the bowl surfaces in such a way that it caused these bowls to look like they have cracks and chips in them—but nothing could be further from the truth.
- These Japanese china bowls are in excellent condition.
- Our pictures do not do them justice.
<U>Dimensions</U>: Approximately 4 9/32″ across the opening of each bowl, and approximately 1 3/4″ deep. These measurements are outside measurements, not inside.
The box itself measures approximately 14 5/32″ wide x 9 9/16″ tall x 1 15/16″ deep.
Even though we have put all of the information we currently know about these china bowls into this posting, we are still going to do our best to find out more about them…. So if anyone out there personally knows anything about these items, then please, feel free to leave a comment below.