The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory was founded in 1775. The
three wavy lines, symbolizing the three waters separating the country: -
the Sound, The Great Belt and the Cattegat, became the trademark. Known
throughout the world for decorative porcelain, plates & collectibles;
quality porcelain set from common service to Flora Danica. In 1885
production of underglaze figurines was initiated. And since then until now
these figurines has become an attractive decoration or objects of
collection in many homes throughout the world.
"Sometimes the factory failed to
produce perfection and pieces were marked as 'seconds'. This was done by
scratching through the three wavy blue lines either with a diamond cutter
or a wheel. There are also thirds, fourths etc. From our experience in
looking at many seconds, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The reasons
why some pieces are seconds are sometimes unclear, ranging from minor
color variations from the norm to obvious blemishes. We have also found
that with the older pieces (pre-1935), production techniques/quality
controls were not as stringent as today. Some early pieces were not marked
as second even though there are glazing or color defects."
Pope. "A collectors Guide to Royal Copenhagen"