Dating satsuma buttons
I do not read Japanese at all, apart from a few simple Kanji that I have become used to.I often refer to a Kanji online system that allows you to build up the symbol piece by piece to make the word.Unlike other more delicate porcelain counterparts, Satsuma ware has thick, sturdy walls.Original works marked by the signature of Satsuma pottery masters are highly sought after.Satsuma pottery took the form of vases, tea sets, pots, and even buttons.They were made of dark yellowish clay decorated with images of people, nature, and mythological creatures like dragons.If you see a piece with this written on, then you can assume it will be from the Meiji period (1868-1912).Most old and authentic pieces of Satsumaware will have the Shimazu family crest on, usually at the top of the marking (the red circle with the cross in).
This is due to the mass production of later works catered toward Western export, making classic satsuma porcelain pieces much more valuable.
If the item is hand painted, then the markings are more genuine.
Some more modern copies have the Shimazu crest, but you can tell them have been stamped or printed with a machine.
It might also be worth looking at the Imari and Kutani markings on the Gotheborg site too, as these are very similar to the marks found on Satsumaware pieces.
Each Kanji is made from a number of marks, which can be help in identifying what it means or says.