Vintage Dragonware, Moriage Pottery, Cigarette Box and 2 Ash Trays (or can be used for trinkets, etc.). Dragonware is a term used to describe Japanese porcelain items with a raised or moulded decoration mostly depicting an oriental dragon. They are created with a cake frosting type of decoration called "Moriage" in which a slip clay has been applied for three-dimensional effect. Moriage pottery is not glazed so it has a matte finish. Porcelain of this type dates from the end of the 19th century until the mid 20th century. The exact date of this set is unknown, BUT this set is from my father-in-laws estate and he purchased it when he was in the US Navy and stationed in Japan in the late 1940s to early 1950s. Full Disclosure: These are in good condition except there is a chip on the back side of one of the ashtrays; one of the tiny blue bead eyes is missing on one of the ash trays; just a few tiny chips on the paint as shown in the photos. Otherwise just normal aging. According to the original owner these were never used for cigarettes or as ash trays. The box has a foil sticker taped on the back "Relco Creations Japan". One of the ash trays has a foil sticker but all of the lettering is worn off.
Box with Lid: 5-3/4" x 4" x 2" high.
2 Ash Trays: 4-3/8" x 3-3/8" x 3/4" high.