Category:Cup of Knowledge (8) Unmarked Made in Japan

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This Japan Cup of Knowledge bottom is unmarked; it may have had a foil tag or paper sticker that was lost
Instruction booklet for an unmarked Cup of Knowledge

This Unmarked Plain Green Cup of Knowledge is an unauthorized knock-off of the Aynsley Cup of Knowledge and was, like other sets of its type, made in Japan. It is a cartomancy cup that is, except for its packaging, virtually identical to the green Japanese Fairylite Foreign and B. Shackman cups of the same era. It came with a booklet titled "The Cup of Knowledge: A Fascinating and Exciting Pastime: How to Read the Tea Leaves."

If the box and booklet are lost and the stickers come off, this becomes an Unmarked Cup of Knowledge that was made in Japan. It is then indistinguishable from a B. Shackman Cup of Knowledge that has lost its back stickers. It can, however, be distinguished from a Fairylite Foreign Cup of knowledge, because the Fairylite Foreign mark is a regular underglaze iron-red backstamp.


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