This porcelain set is in very nice condition other than one top missing off one of the inkwells, which seems to be a common problem with these being broken. In the Blue Onion pattern, the hand painting is fine, delicate and quite beautiful with a soft, slightly muted Flow Blue effect. The colors are true white porcelain with royal blue. I had to darken some of the photos to show the marks. The crossed swords are present not only on the base of the pieces but also within the patterns themselves on the tray and the inkwells. If you look carefully in the close up photos you can see them. T are also numbers incised of Y 38, 26 and 159. T are also some in the blue glaze that are hard to decipher. T are no chips, crazing, cracks or repairs of any kind. The inside of one of the wells has some blue staining in spots on the bottom perhaps from the ink when it was used. The edges of the tray are scalloped and it measures 5 3/4 X 8 1/2 inches. The inkwells without the lid are about 1 5/8 high and 2 3/4 inches in diameter. A wonderful set that perhaps a replacement lid could be found for.Please view my other items up for auction this week. I'm always happy to consolidate shipments when possible.
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