Napcoware History

I listed some Napco Christmas ceramics recently and think it’s time to clear up some misinformation. You see, because I’ve only seen labels identifying the piece as Japan or Taiwan, I truly thought that this was a Japanese company. Wrong!

Napco Bone China

Napco Ceramic Japan

Napco Bone China

Napco Bone China Taiwan

Napco Bone China Taiwan

The NAPCO Company or National Potteries Corporation is located in Bedford, OH and began production of Porcelain and Glass in 1938. Ceramic pieces sold by Napco (National Potteries Corporation) are distinctive. Since its prolific output of the 1950s and 1960s, Napco has held the interest of collectors because the ceramic items are consistently well-designed.

Owned and operated in the Midwest, Napco distributed a variety of collectibles, including decorative wall accessories, ashtrays, ceramic and wood house wares, floral arrangements, ceramic planters, decorative glass, novelty figurines, mugs, trivets, and Christmas ceramics.In 1986, Napco purchased INARCO company and moved that company headquarters to Jacksonville,Florida.

Napco used a wide array of marks-some transfer marks and some paper labels. The paper labels feature various wording, such as: “A Napco Collection,” “Napco originals by Giftware,” “National Potteries Co., Cleveland, OH, Made in Japan,” and “Napcoware, Import Japan.”

Sources: Wiki-Answers, Midwest Sales Court

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  1. Tina Rose says:

    My husband purchased a curio cabinet from a famil that were moving out of state plus all the content inside of the curio.I collect lots of dishes,vases and so that are old.I found a small bell inside the cabinet,it is white with one small yellow flower that looks like a morning glory because it has five petals and around it are five leaves and one flower bulb.On the inside it is marked Napcoware Bone China with a large N in red then a very small marking of a M with what looks like a crown on top of the m and in the middle of small r.Can someone give me any more info about this and how much a smal bell would be rices,its about 4 to 5 inches tall and great condition.I also have other pieces in my collection that I would like to find out more about because I have so much now I would like to sell some of the things I have.I also have a tea set I can’t find anything about that was my Grandmothers it is marked Snow White with a blue crown with a B on the left and #1on the right of the crown,Johnson Brothers made in England.The pot has grey looking leaves with berries going around the top.I know the company called Replcements has this but not old like mine,if anyone has any info about please email me and I’m also on facebook thank you TinaRose

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