Meissen is a town in Germany where porcelain has been made since 1710. Any china made in the town can be called Meissen, although the famous Meissen factory made the finest porcelains of the area. The crossed swords mark of the great Meissen factory has been copied by many other firms in Germany and other parts of the world. Meissen can be reissues of figurines and dishes made in earlier years or modern designs in art nouveau, art deco, fifties, and later styles. Pieces of Meissen dinnerware in the Onion pattern are listed in their own category.