Sometimes we get some pretty funny questions from eBayers about the items we sell. We just received this question about the unmarked condensed milk container we have up:
“Dear seller, Very pretty item. You have dog/cat? Why flea bite??”
After we quit laughing, we weren’t sure if this potential buyer was being silly (we could see they have purchased Nippon in the past), or if they were being sincere. This brought up a good discussion between myself & our client regarding “fleabites” on antique porcelain.
We would never use the term fleabite to disguise or minimize a chip in porcelain. When we say fleabite, we mean the very smallest nick possible, usually found on the bottom edges of an item from age, moving around, ect. Since we are not Nippon experts, we always point out any flaw, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to others. We do the most research we can on each item we sell, and would never misrepresent or overstate the condition. There are many differing opinions on what type of damage/flaws are acceptable in the world of Nippon collecting, and we leave it up to our descriptions to let you determine if the item is suitable to you.
What are your opinions on what is acceptable/unacceptable flaws in your collection(s)?