We divide all items into three categories based on their condition.
Items that are in a perfect condition show no or hardly any signs of prior use.
Items that are labeled ‘Good’ have had some use but the nature of the defects is not immediately noticeable.
The nature of the imperfections is always mentioned.
Items with more severe traces of use are labeled ‘Medium’. These items have more severe wear but are still very compatible with sets that have also seen some use.
Again, the nature of the imperfections is always mentioned.
Below is a list of examples of defects that we often encounter. Please read this list carefully if you want to know more about the possible defects to an item you would like to buy.
A plate we would label ‘Perfect’.
A plate showing some wear. We would label such a plate ‘Good Condition – Light Surface Wear’.
A plate showing heavier signs of use, please also note the worn spot in the middle. This plate would be designated ‘Medium Condition – Surface Wear’.
A good example of light crazing. Please note the small crack in the glazing. This defect would be named ‘Good Condition – Light Crazing’.
An example of more severe crazing. This plate would be designated as ‘Medium Condition – Crazing’.
A clear example of underglaze staining. This happens when moisture gets through cracks in the glazing and stains the body. We call this ‘Medium Condition – Staining’.
You can clearly see that the gilding on this saucer has a few worn spots but it is still very presentable. We name this ‘Good Condition – Light Wear on Gilding’.
In this example the gilding is much more worn. This saucer would be named ‘Medium Condition – Wear on Gilding’.
Most items with cracks or chips are discarded by us. In some examples, like on this rare antique Meissen dish we do still offer chipped items. The description of the defects would read ‘Medium Condition – Chipped’.