Many manufacturers of china (and other mediums)
make miniature items.
Some are reproductions of originals
others are meant for children
and some are made just because they can.
Potters and workers in potteries made many small items
for recreation (or for sale) from leftover clay utilizing small spaces in kilns,
often taking them home for their families.
These items were often called whimsies due to their non utilitarian purpose
and many potters demonstrated their skill by making more and more elaborate items.
Once it was noticed that there was a market for them, many potteries devoted more resources to mass producing these.
These miniatures are quite nice in many ways.
It is not easy to make objects so small.
Be sure to check our (Click here> Armorial Ware page for crested miniatures.