|How Do We Grade Our Dinnerware For Quality?
We examine each piece of dinnerware we sell and then classify our products into the following categories:
New: Exactly that! Acquired from a manufacturer's distributor. May be in an original box or have manufacturers' stickers. If not, it is because the pieces originally came in a bundle and we decided to sell them individually.
Very Good: Very little or no sign of use.
Good: May have colorless utensil marks, light scratches in the pattern, a few faint gray utensil marks, or minimal rim wear.
Fair: May have some wear to the rim or pattern, many colorless scratches or wear, and/or moderate gray utensil marks.
Backup: Your "B Team". May have crazing, or glaze or pattern imperfections. Sometimes we find perfectly good pieces that have a small chip out of the foot or on the underside of the rim. We think these are okay, since the chip is either not visible or hardly so when the piece is sitting on the table. Pieces with chips will be identified, with location of chip. We do not sell pieces with cracks.
What about the undersides? Because the majority of our pieces are used, they pick up marks on the bottom from previous storage. We do clean each piece as part of the quality grading process, but discoloration to an unglazed foot may still be present.
What constitutes Good or Fair, for instance, is completely subjective. If you would like more information about a particular piece, please email us.
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