How Can You Tell If It’s Fine Bohemian China From Czechoslovakia?

Various producers stamps specifying that the item is created in Czechoslovakia can be seen on the bottom or sides of Bohemian fine china made in Czechoslovakia. The majority of the works were created between 1918 and 1938 and feature vibrant floral and avian motifs. Newer marks from the 1980s to 2006 are featured in some sets.

Because Bohemia became the core of Czechoslovakia after World War I, items manufactured after 1918 are labelled “made in Czechoslovakian” rather than “made in Bohemia.” A crown motif and the letters RK or RKG for Rudolf Kämpf Grünlas appear on many ceramic markings.

The country of origin is featured on some of the markings. Dinner sets with a couple tea and coffee servers are typical of RKG Bohemian porcelain created between 1911 and 1945.

The Sudetenland, a border region of Bohemia with a predominantly German population, was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938. An eagle mark with a swastika atop a crown and the letters RK appears on certain porcelain objects created between 1940 and 1950.

Some marks from 1945 and later had locations like Lou?ky or Windsor above the crown image and RKG underneath, with the words “China de Boheme” underneath.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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