Last week I gave you the history of Napco, which I thought to be a Japanese company. And I made the same mistake about INARCO (thinking it a japanese company). The Inarco Company known as International Art Ware Corporation started in Cleveland Ohio, and was founded by Irwin Garber in 1960. A designer by trade, Garber had a penchant for the artistic side of figurines; indeed, his own wife, Roselle, is believed to have been a model for a number of the company’s head vases. In its beginnings, the company imported ceramic and glass floral containers and giftware. In 1986, INARCO moved to Jacksonville, Florida, after it was purchased by Napco.
Inarco used four marks.
- The “Inarco, Cleve., Ohio” is part of a permanent stamped mark under glaze. Found on many early pieces.
- The black and gold paper foil label shows a globe with “Inarco” and “Japan” . Found on many early pieces.
- “INARCO” filed for registration September 1, 1965, claiming first use in May 1961 for pottery, ceramics, crockery and earthenware, namely, planters, compotes, vases, cups and saucers, flower holders and other similar decorative items for use in conjunction with floral arrangements.
- “INARCO” over globe. Mark 4 filed August 30, 1965, for the same products.