Please hold in mind that the name of this section, 'Fake & Repro Marks', actually does not correctly describe the contents of this section - the whole matter is far more complicated than that. The pages contained in this section deal with legit marks that are constantly misrepresented as well as look-alikes, bad copies, real fakes and fantasy marks. Even if it all appears a bit rough at the moment, it will straighten out when more marks and manufacturer info are added over time; comments and additions are welcome!
Initials 'AB' imitating the Meissen 'August Rex' or early Weiden 'August Bauscher' mark, here with an additional number '110' in gold.
Another example with the additional number '183'.
Initial 'R' above '1762', found on Asian repros.
Simple 'R.P.M.' above 'GERMANY'.
Repro mark, item made in CHINA (as shown on stickers). Reproductions from the 1970s. Note the spelling of 'BRANDENB-E-RG'.
Repro mark, item made in JAPAN (as shown on stickers). Reproductions from the 1970s. Note the spelling of 'BRANDENB-U-RG'.
Another version of the 'BRANDENB-U-RG' mark, this time with a different anchor.
(Picture by Lisa London)
Yet another version of the 'BRANDENB-U-RG' mark. Note that these repro marks are often found on moustache cups and such.
Eagles & Imperials:
Completely made-up and badly drawn mark, blue underglaze.
Eagle with orb and sceptre above 'KPM'. May look good on first sight, but it is a fake.
Mark found on reproductions.
(Picture by eBay user ketchesketchken)
Crowned eagle above 'Z.P.M.' and a pseudo-Sevres mark.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Arnold)
Repro mark: lion and gryphon flanking a shield.
Made in China and distributed by the Neundorf company from Germany, mark used 2006.
R.P.M. without 'GERMANY' but with an eagle.
Made in China.
(Picture by Jan-Erik Nilsson)
Found on reproductions. 'VICWNA' was actually supposed to read 'VIENNA'!
Unknown, crossed four-feathered arrows above 'BLUE ONION'.
Unknown, crossed three-feathered arrows above 'HANDPAINTED'.
Made in Japan, three-feathered arrow tails, just four digits.
Made in Japan, three-feathered arrow tails, with addition 'Blue Onion'.
Made in Japan, three-feathered arrow tails, with addition 'Brown Onion'.
Made in Japan, three-feathered arrow tails, four digits and trailing letter 'P'.
Made in Japan, four-feathered arrow tails, leading letter 'S' and four digits.
A set of pseudo-'Crossed Swords'.
Mark found on reproductions from around 2007. Definately not a real Meissen mark (as was claimed).
Mark found on reproductions from around 2008. Same set of crossed swords, this time under a crown.
Mark found on some otherwise nicely made figures, note the fancy 'swords' which are the same as with the marks with 'R'.
Repro item, one of three different marks I dubbed 'F-A-C'. See next mark and the one in the 'Crowned Shileds' section.
Repro item, second type of the marks I dubbed 'F-A-C'.
(Picture by Balsa Djuric)
Repro, 'crossed swords' above what looks like the linked initials 'H k'.
(Picture by Jutta Mauer)
Same 'swords', other letter - the 'R' version of this mark is newer than the 'F' which got ID'd as repro mark pretty quick.
(Picture by Cecil Geaney)
The 'lump' is the Scheibe-Alsbach equivalent of the 'Royal Dux' pink triangle. The fakers recast from an original and included the normally different-colored application in the mold.
Repro mark, crossed swords over the letter 'R' with other elements.
Repro mark similar to some 'Greiner' (Rauenstein, Thuringia) marks.
(Picture by eBay user losttinchen)
Same mark as before, here with '1/1078' addition found on many different items (including those with the crowned 'Z' mark below).
Made in Japan, 'A' under crossed swords, above item number '1798'.
(Picture by Cynthia Canchola).
Made in Japan, 'A' under crossed swords, above 'HAND PAINTED' and item number '2722'.
Made in Japan, 'A' above crossed swords, above 'ARNART 5th AVE.', 'HAND PAINTED' and item number '2227'.
(Picture by Thomas Maietta).
Made in Japan, 'A' above crossed swords, above 'BLUE ONION'.
Made in Japan. Note the crossed swords: exactly the same mark can also be found as inmold (raised) version.
Misc. Crossed Items:
Bad imitation of one of the Rauenstein marks: three instead of two sideways slashes, wrong color, overglaze, etc.
Mark found on reproductions. Imitation of a mark originally used by the porcelain decoration studio August Schmidt (Ilmenau, Thuringia) who of course used other letters.
Fantasy mark, crossed 'swords/arrows' over the letter 'Z'. Literally the same items can be found carrying a crowned 'Z' mark.
Look-alike of the well-known Jaeger&Co. mark. This version here is documented in various books as 'copy' or 'fake'.
Crossed sword and arrow above a stylized 'L'.
Crowned Letters / Initials:
Impersonation of a 'Ludwigsburg' mark, gold overglaze (also note next picture).
Mark on the same piece, but underglaze. Probably added to 'convince' potential buyers.
Same mark as before, this time in overglaze gold. Found on a badly decorated figure.
Impersonation of a 'Ludwigsburg' mark which actually nearly looks like it was made with a felt-tip pen.
Impersonation of a 'Ludwigsburg' mark, of course this one is far too modern to be real.
'Crowned' initials 'A A' on Asian items, often incorrectly claimed to be Arno Apel.
'Crowned' letter 'B' on recent Chinese items.
'ROCOCO COLLECTION' - first mark found on figurines produced by CDC from Sri Lanka between 1990 and 1995.
(Thanks to Ivan Golsky for more info and this mark.)
'HANDMADE ROKOKO 1720-80' - second mark by CDC from Sri Lanka. Both versions usually carry a small 'MADE IN SRI LANKA' sticker.
'CDC HANDBEMALT' - third mark by CDC from Sri Lanka, customized for the German market, this time with original 'MADE IN SRI LANKA' sticker.
Similar to the Keilhauer or Klette marks; some people claim this to be a Höffner (Sandizell) mark.
Made-up mark, hand-drawn crown. Note that the 'MADE IN AUSTRIA' is similar to the addition found with the 'VICWNA' mark.
Interlocking 'FD' often claimed to be from 'around 1900' by porcelain shoe collectors. They are *way* off as the company responsible was founded in 1951.
Crowned initials 'J N' found on the typical modern brass-and-craquele-porcelain junk.
Crowned letter 'P', older version.
Crowned letter 'P', newer version with the original 'MADE IN SRI LANKA' sticker.
Another repro mark found on pill boxes; mark tries to wake an association with the Porzellanmanufaktur Plaue 'PMP' mark.
Crowned letter 'S', claimed to be 1970-ish.
Crown mainly consiting of the initials 'S M' above a capital 'N'.
(Picture by Michael Quigley)
Claimed 'Unterweissbach' but not quite correct - undecorated seconds were sold to studios, this is one resulting mark.
Badly drawn crown over the letter 'Z'. Note the '1/1078' addition: the same is used with the repro 'R.B.'-mark shown above.
(Image by www.antik-forum.ru)
Crowned 'A', used on items made in Taiwan from 1975 onwards.
Crown above a stylized 'L'.
Made in China, often claimed to be an 'Unterweissbach' mark.
(Picture by Steve Bowles)
Crowned shield containing crossed arrows with '1908-1912' addition.
(Picture by Mariette Van den Munckhof-Vedder)
AD1764: Repro mark, found on a huge vase/urn contraption, multicolor version.
AD1764: Repro mark, found on a large brass/stoneware item, black version.
Stylish shield background with what I dubbed 'F-A-C' lettering (there is also a 'crossed swords' version).
Real Bavarian origin questionable, too many appeared out of nowhere on eBay.
Older 'Neundorf Zierporzellan' mark, newer than the normal 'NZ' and wreath marks.
Japanese mark. Often incorrectly claimed to stand for "Nagoya Potteries, Shippo Kaisha".
'DOW SIE COT URE' oval version (here without 'NIPPON').
A well-known but as yet unidentified U.S. importer 'cover-up' mark.
Made in Hong Kong, a made-up (fantasy) mark.
Found on some cheap items; not from around Dresden or even Germany.
Very modern mark, 'W' over 'BAVARIA'.
A rearing lion on a shield above the word 'WEIMAR'.
Made in Japan, Arnart version of a mark often referred to as 'beehive' mark (actually a shield form named 'Bindenschild').
Imitation of the 'Oscar Schaller' (later 'Gebr. Winterling') wreath mark.
No 'Thumps Up!' for this mark of Asian origin.
Older mark showing the 'NZ' (Neundorf Zierporzellan) trademark surrounded by a wreath, gold version.
Faked R.S. Prussia mark, it was never used in this color.
(Picture by eBay user kwikblu)
A badly made fake of a typical R.S. Prussia mark.
(Picture by eBay user kwikblu)
Faked R.S. Prussia mark.
Faked R.S. Prussia mark, looks more like a P.R.O.C. emblem.
(Picture by eBay user kwikblu)
Faked R.S. Prussia mark, no text additions and partially incomplete.
Faked R.S. Prussia mark. This one *really* hurts as it only states 'PRUSIA'.
Misc. Round Marks:
This one looks like a combo of 'Kahla' and 'Torgau' marks.
Found on reproductions, this made-up mark strongly reminds one of a mark formerly used by the 'Porzellanwerk Kahla' (Kahla, Thuringia).
Black JBT over 'ANNO 1906', also found on items normally showing the WL1895 mark.
'OEOETZUCH OESCNUTZT', bad repro of 'GESETZLICH GESCHÜTZT'.
Made-up mark imitating either late Vincennes or early Sevres.
Double-slashed 'S' on figures that all appear too new (no glaze scuffing, clean bases, etc.).
Another example, various stories claim all kinds of things.
Often stated to be all kinds of things from Meissen to Sevres. This version makes it clear as the underglaze 'JAPAN' could not be removed like any other sticker.
Circle with one slash passing through, claimed Asian import.
(Picture by Graham Smith)
Circle with two parallel slashes, claimed Asian import.
(Picture by Roy Cooke)
Mark found on reproductions, a simple triangle containing 'WIEN' (Vienna).
This is a mark found on a fake. Original Volkstedt item marks have more rays (around 11 per side) and always carry an impressed mold number.
Impersonation of some stylized 'K.P.M.' mark, at one point even incorrectly listed in Roentgen.
(Picture by eBay user joflora)
Same as before, here with the 'MADE IN JAPAN' sticker.
The German import company used this copy of an old Ludwig Wessel mark as company logo 2006.
Made in Japan. Often passed off as German 'Gebrüder Voigt' (Sitzendorf) mark.
Interlocking 'V A' claimed to stand for 'Vienna, Austria' above 'AUSTRIA'. Sure, pull the other one ...
'Vincennes / Sevres' lookalike.
The 'Red Herring' (errr ... swallow) mark.
Spread-wing eagle and a banner with 'HANDPAINTED' above 'AUSTRIA'.
Reproductions Of Nazi-Period Items:
Fake Bauscher Weiden mark above 'SS-Reich' and '1941'.
Double Sig-Rune above 'ALLACH'.
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