Narumi Tea Set

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Title

Narumi Tea Set

Subject

Ceramics--Japan--1900s

Description

15 piece tea set: teapot with lid; sugar bowl with lid; creamer; 6 tea cups and saucers. White porcelain with intertwined gray & maroon free brush strokes at intervals around each item. Lids on teapot and sugar bowl are solid deep rose with white oval knob. Saucers are solid deep rose on top surface, white on bottom. Ear-shaped handles on teapot, creamer & sugar bowl. Each piece inscribed “Narumi China” on bottom. Repair work evident on lid knobs.

Creator

Narumi China. “This tea set was presented to Conrad Totman by officials of the Japan Dining Car Company (Nihon Shokudo Kaisha) in 1956. As a sanitary inspector for the United States Army Medical Corps in Japan, Totman had the duty of ascertaining that the food storage, preparation, and serving facilities of the Japanese railways met US Army standards on those lines used by American military personnel. In the course of his work Totman established a sufficiently good working relationship with officials of the Dining Car Company so that when his tour of duty ended, they gave him a farewell dinner, at which time this Narumi tea set was presented to him.”

Date

1900-1950

Contributor

Gift of Conrad Totman (b. 1934) family.

Source

CHS

Rights

CHS. Fair use.

Format

jpeg

Type

Physical object

Identifier

CHS-1983-001

Coverage

Japan

Identifier

005

Citation

Narumi China. “This tea set was presented to Conrad Totman by officials of the Japan Dining Car Company (Nihon Shokudo Kaisha) in 1956. As a sanitary inspector for the United States Army Medical Corps in Japan, Totman had the duty of ascertaining that the food storage, preparation, and serving facilities of the Japanese railways met US Army standards on those lines used by American military personnel. In the course of his work Totman established a sufficiently good working relationship with officials of the Dining Car Company so that when his tour of duty ended, they gave him a farewell dinner, at which time this Narumi tea set was presented to him.” , “Narumi Tea Set ,” Conway Historical Society, accessed September 18, 2021, https://conwaymasshistory.org/items/show/2.