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Answered 2008-03-11 01:59:27

According to Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged (published in 1956, Standard Reference Works Publishing Company, Inc., New York,) a "jappaner" was one who "japans". "Japan" is:

1. Work varnished and figured in the manner practised by the natives of Japan.

2. A liquid resembling lacquer or varnish made by boiling shellac or a similar resin with linseed oil and other ingredients and thinning the product with turpentine.

3. Any of various black varnishes.

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