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Dating Royal Copenhagen

Royal Copenhagen has used the three wavy water lines to identify their porcelain since it started in 1775 – Early pieces frequently include a dot in front of the waves. The mark was not very consistently drawn, often with quite flat waves that look quite rushed- presumably each workman had their own slight variant until about 1820. Hand drawn lines usually indicate manufacture before 1885. The example to the left is pre 1840. Between 1885 and 1890 the lines are more uniform – either done with a three nib pen or as a print. From 1889 a circle was added over the lines – inside which was a crown between the curved words Royal Copenhagen. From c. 1890, export ware featured a small crown over tiny waves over the word Denmark (spelled in English) in a circle over three larger waves. The circle was dropped from non export marks. Between

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Identifying Age and Makers – The Basics

Quick Pointers for dating British pottery and porcelain:- 1) when a piece is clearly marked in English with its country of origin then it was almost certainly made after 1891. The word “England” on its own suggests that the piece was marked after the 1891 McKinley Tariff Act (a few pieces were marked in anticipation of trade restrictions – but almost all are post 1880) 2) Pieces marked with “Made in England” tend to indicate that they were made after the First World War. 3) “Registered Numbers” (Reg, Reg’d) appear in the mid to late 1880s. 4) “Trade Mark” and “Ltd” appear most commonly on china made after 1860 5) The word “Royal” on a piece suggests that it is likely to be Victorian, as does the diamond registration mark. 6) Royal Coats of Arms are occasionally late Georgian but, more commonly, Victorian. So, what about the pieces with registration

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