This example is a reproduction biscuit barrel or jar with collar, conical lid and twisted rope handle all plated in a silver colored metal. The pieces all have a vintage look, the plating on the lid is even worn in places. This 'look' wouldn't take much effort to achieve, since the plating is extremely thin, possibly just sprayed on. The jar has a transfer decoration of violets on all sides with the appearance of being hand painted.
The porcelain base is marked with a red over the glaze 'RS' with wreath and star. This is a common enough modern reproduction mark unlikely to fool an experienced collector, but good enough to withstand casual scrutiny at the local flea market or 'antique' mall. This same violets decoration appears on various shapes of modern reproduction and fantasy items. Learning to recognize the decoration may be of better use than depending on recognizing the false maker's mark. This same item could appear at the local market next week wearing a different spurious mark, such as 'Nippon' or 'Limoges China'.
Other than the applied mark on this piece not being 'right,' the quality of the porcelain and decorating is not comparable to authentic Reinhold Schlegelmilch, or 'RS Prussia' porcelain, which was thinly potted and of extremely high quality.
The biscuit jar with lid in place measures about 8 1/2 inches tall and it is 5 1/2 inches in diameter.
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