This a Beautiful Floral Unmarked R S Prussia Dresser Tray. It measures 11 1/2 x 7 3/8" with open handles. It is decorated in soft pastel colors, a very light greenish yellow with white to cream and muted lilac embossed flowers. It has a bouquet of flowers in the middle of the tray with yellow roses and purplish blue clematis blooms. It is decorated with a deep forest green with the shadows of florals and scrolling designs, that is typical of R S Prussia porcelain as well as the embossed flowers. It is in great condition with no problems and though it is unmarked, we guarantee it to be R S Prussia Porcelain. It dates from circa late 1870's to 1914. The Mark with R S Prussia is for Erdmann Schlegelmilch. In 1869, his brother,Reinhold began manufacturing porcelain in Tillowitz, a town in upper Silesia. The "R S" in R S Prussia was actually named after their Father, Rudolph Schlegelmilch. R S Prussia starting out in Business in 1861, the Factory was located in Suhl, a town located in a region called Thuringia. This Germanic area was once part of Saxony was conquered by another Germanic state, Prussia, circa 1815. Some good information about the R S Prussia mark: Most R S marks appear to to have been applied after the second firing of the porcelain which produced a vitreous (meaning glass-like) glaze. As a result the marks are not "sealed." Although the mark would have been fired again,after it was stamped on the item in order to set it and give it some longevity, such a mark would not be permanent. With the passing of time, marks applied over the glaze in this manner can become quite worn or rubbed off entirely. Upon inspecting pieces which appeared to be unmarked until held up to the light: then a very distinct outline of the mark could be seen.
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