|"Gold Key" Soup Bowl - Pre WWII
Left: Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. Soup Bowl: 9 1/4" dia. This was obtained
from a man whom had received it from his father who was a trawler and said it had been pulled from the sea off the Southern
Irish Coast. Pitting on the interior base. Believed to have come from the wreck of the RMS Carinthia, which was torpedoed
off Ireland in 1943 during WWII.
Below Left: The RMS Aurania was built during WWI under the impression
it would be over quickly. Just as she was completed, her fittings were stripped and she was commissioned for use as a
troopship. In 1918, she was empty and headed to New York from Liverpool when she was torpedoed by the UB-67.
She was taken into tow and sunk off Mull, Scotland. In 1980, salvagers found her prized "Elkington Silver Room" which stored
the silver for the 2140 passengers she would never carry in peace time. This spoon and creamer are one of hundreds of
pieces recovered and offered for public sale. Both items have been left in their recovery condition.
|Early Cunard Brown Transferware Soup Bowl - 1870s
|One of the earliest and rarer pieces of Cunard china you will find!
Right: Rare "Basket Weave" pattern brown transferware soup bowl as used
onboard the Cunarders of the 1860s & 70s. Measures 9" in diameter and is quite a heavy ironstone piece compared to others
of later making. Has the later of the two makers marks on the back: "British and North American Royal Mail Comp. - Bodley
& Compy - Burslem." Pieces of this pattern have been recovered from the bottom of Boston harbor in the 1870s during dredging
operations. Wonderful condition for its age.