Sure it's been through some hard times. It's cracked. It's got a chip out in its rim. But is that any less reason to love it? It's bottom says: "Germany, Maria" I assume that means something to something to people who know about such things. All I now is I like it. It's a charming little thing, and the fact that's it's held together with glue and determination makes me love it that much more. Go on, little cup. Your'e all good with me.