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Crazing is when a cobweb of hairline cracks pops up on an item. This is most common with ceramics.

I'm not talking about a chip. A big crack. Or even a small crack. Crazing refers to a number of lines & # 39; which occurs on ceramic items, such as ceramic cakes, where one could not even realize that this is actually hard stone cracks, if they do not rub their nails over the pottery.

On the one hand, it is obvious the better the condition an object is in the more valuable it is. But with older products, those who go back before World War II find an object in perfect condition either impossible or rare, or they are now so valuable that they can be priced by most people.

So we are left with imperfect collectibles.

Crazing can simply result from age. Old ceramics were not unduly done well. Maybe it did well according to the technology of the time, but today production machines are not equal to the years.

Crazing can also be due to moisture or temperature, or simply moving an object that causes invisible vibration.

So what does it mean if it is madness on an old pottery?

Nothing bad.

But consider the flip page - which is really where I want to lead you in this article ...

Fakes can be a real problem in the collector's world. Cheap knockoffs and fakes are easy to do today. Especially from place like China.

However, fakes and knockoffs made today will be in perfect condition.

There is no crazing. It is potentially impossible to replicate the crazing.

So what does it mean if you see an advertised 1920s that has nothing wrong? If the price is not very, very high, and there is some reliable authentication of the item - your red flags should go out into your head. You should think that this is not genuine.

But if it's crazy? Ironically, that imperfection can be worth a lot more because your item is the real deal.