Long ago before epoxy glues or super glues, staple or metal clamp repair was used to repair broken china. Like a birth certificate, this type of repair is proof of these pieces' age. It started in ancient China and began as the preferred repair in Europe in the 1600's. Metal smiths or jewelers of the period did the repair. This beautiful soup bowl was made by the Meissen Porcelain Factory in Meissen, Germany circa 1825. The owner of this piece must have really treasured it to have such a repair done. I wonder what the cost was to do such a repair?