We check all products and categorize all porcelain so that you can easily see, if it is 1st or 2nd quality, but if you shop privately or in various flea markets, etc., it is probably a good idea to know how to check the quality of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain.
You will need a good lamp and let the light reflect in the glaze, where the factory mark is located (typically at the bottom or back), check if you can see a scratch in the waves.
Royal Copenhagen has marked all their 2nd quality products with a small scratch in the glaze on the factory mark at the bottom of the product (through the Three Waves) - as shown in the picture to the right.
Until 1972, the local hardware store also sold 2nd quality
Until 1972, many hardware stores in Denmark sold annual articles (Christmas plates, annual mugs, Mother's Day plates, etc.) in both 1st and 2nd quality from Royal Copenhagen. But after 1972, the factory discarded most annual articles that did not meet the factory's requirements for 1st quality.
As far as we know, since 1972 it hasonly been possible to buy annual articles in the 2nd quality from Royal Copenhagen's factory outlet on Nordre Fasanvej and Holmegårdsverket in Fensmark. There are therefore not many Royal Copenhagen annual articles in 2nd quality after 1972. - This does not, however, apply to 2nd quality dinnerware, figurines, vases, etc., which have also been available for purchase in other selected stores since 1972.
Employee items ...Since 1972, however, it has been possible for Royal Copenhagen employees to buy, what we call employee items. These items are often marked with two or three scratches in the glaze of the factory mark (through The Three Waves).
This does not mean that the item is 3rd or 4th quality - as some mistakenly thinks. In our experience, the quality of the employees' products corresponds to ordinary 2nd quality (i.e. typically goods with one scratch through the factory mark). Consequently, any small errors are virtually irrelevant to the overall impression.
Often, it is quite small things that make Royal Copenhagen choose to sell items as 2nd quality. It can be a small color defect, a black spot, a scratch, or a small mark, etc. - These errors often do not affect the overall impression much, but does affect the price.
Click here to see the difference between the price of Royal Copenhagen porcelain in 1st and 2nd quality.
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