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Category 'R.P.M.'

This is not a complete manufacturer page, it only explains the existence of two specific mark types used by a non-manufacturing trading company. Due to the nature of their business these marks are commonly not shown in any reference book, hence many sellers created weird stories regarding their origin. The complete background of this company and the merger with a similar business will be at a later point included in the corresponding (Germany -> Bavaria) section.

The Royal Porzellan-Manufaktur O.H.G. company was established in the town of Küps (Bavaria) in 1955. Its name itself was already quite misleading as it had no connection towards royalty and never really produced anything. The only correct part was the company definition ⇒O.H.G. as the company merely traded classy porcelain decoration items (mantelpiece sets, vases, etc.) which had been custom-marked for this company.

Around 1961, the Royal Porzellan-Manufaktur established an US subsidiary in form of a small porcelain store on 5th Avenue, New York. Unable to bridge the constantly increasing gap between the styles sought after by US customers and the products provided by the German manufacturers, the subsidiary closed after only three years.

In the meantime, the Royal Porzellan-Manufaktur O.H.G. itself had managed to establish itself in a small niche of the German market, supplying smaller stores with mid- to upper class decoration items. Not that the company had became well-known or was highly successful, but they managed to survive their rather costly US market error.

The porcelain market development in Germany between 1960 and 1970 can not be easily explained. To cut it short, that period not only included the collapse of the standard mail-order business but also saw a general shift in product ranges. It was the main period of the so-called 'Mid-Century Modern' era, which was based on a combination of design and ceramics. Typical porcelain items massively lost ground and many smaller porcelain-related companies were forced to close.

This development caused the R.P.M. to switch market segments, concentrating on cheap gifts, souvenir items and marketing aids. On January 1st 1973, it merged with the similar business Porzellanmanufaktur Klaus Cutik, resulting in the Royal Porzellan (Manufaktur) G.m.b.H. which ceased operation in 1996.

Marks

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Used between 1955 and 1973, eagle above 'R.P.M.', medium blue version.
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Used between 1955 and 1973, eagle above 'R.P.M.', dark blue and slightly smudged.
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Used between 1955 and 1973, same mark accompanied by a sticker reading 'ROYAL PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR GERMANY'.
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Used between 1955 and 1973, here including a ⇒cover-up mark hiding the manufacturer mark of Schumann & Schreider (Schwarzenhammer, Bavaria).
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Used between 1955 and 1973, here including a ⇒cover-up mark hiding the manufacturer mark of Hertel, Jacob & Co. (Rehau, Bavaria).
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Used between 1973 and 1996,'R.P.M.' above 'GERMANY', black version.
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Used between 1973 and 1996,'R.P.M.' above 'GERMANY', golden version.
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Used between 1973 and 1996,'R.P.M.' above 'GERMANY', blue version.

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