The markings found on Royal Copenhagen figurines provide a great deal of information, more so than many other companies, but there is more than one way to determine date ranges on these pieces.
One can look for the decorator’s initials or number, the type of crown used in the company marking, the form of company stamp or the actual date code within the company mark itself.
I’ve received a Royal Copenhagen figurine called “Farmer with Sheep.” I’ve done a little research on it and it appears to have been a quite early one, but the model has been made for a considerable period of time. What do I need to look for to determine if mine is an old one or a later piece?
Before 1781 very few unmarked pieces can be correctly attributed to Wedgwood.
There are also some interesting pieces around that are marked with USA Patent dates and details.
For example, hyphens over the letters “RO” were used for 1985 to 1991, the letters “RY” from 1992 to 1999 and the letters “RA” 2000 to 2004.
When we examine the marking on your figurine, we find the letter “E” in “Denmark” has the dash marking beneath it.
Here’s my response: Well, the short answer is no, this is not an early example of this model.