Looking for Damage before you Buy

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How can I find repairs done on porcelain or pottery?

Looking for Damage before you Buy

Looking for damage and repair on pottery or porcelain:

Run your fingertips over the edge of a plate while looking for chips but closing your eyes as you do this. It's amazing how well your fingers can see.

Bring a magnifying glass with you.

Examine a piece in daylight. Repairs are more likely to show up better in true light.

Tap lightly with your nail or pen over edges or spouts etc. A dull thunk instead of a clink will reveal a crack or repair.

Don't assume the seller will be aware of repairs. Check yourself to be sure.

   

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