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RAREST of the RARE! A Stunningly Beautiful US Navy Senior Officers Dinner Plate Bottom Dated 1894 by Haviland Co of Limoges, France for the James M. Barth Co of New York! VERY First Authorized US Navy Dinnerware Pattern with Bright Gold Eagle with Federal Banner Clutching a Fouled Anchor.

Only Used for the MOST Senior Ranking Officers - Certainly Aboard Dewey's Spanish-American War Armada! Museum Quality Condition! This is no "restaurantware" grade china typically associated with Navy or Military dinnerware and originally produced in Limoge, France!

Antique US Dept of the Navy Serving Dish or Receiving Plate PATTERN HISTORY TO DATE:

This particular US Navy pattern has two documented dates of production and use by two independent china manufacturers. This was no orphan pattern but included a full complement of dinnerware as well as crystal decanters, goblets and glasses all topmarked by the Eagle with Federal Banner clutching the 19th Century rendition of the fouled naval anchor! This pattern has sometimes been found with a star to the left and right of the eagle which we believe represents the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and not the rank of Rear Admiral.

The first pieces found and obtained by The Pirate's Lair to date are a HUGE 24" Fish Server, 3 Dinner Plates, Demitasse Cup, Coffe Mug with Handle, Side Bowl, and Large Crystal Decanter! This pattern was originally manufactured in Limoges, France by the Haviland & Co for the dinnerware distributor James M. Shaw Co. of New York who had a contract with the U.S. Navy for this particular china pattern. The various china pieces obtained were all backstamped with both manufacturer and distributor names along with the production date, 1894! It should also be noted here that the James Shaw Co. was a significant dinnerware contractor to the US Navy from the 1890s through to about 1920!

The Pirate's Lair then obtained pieces of the exact same pattern, identical in every way including the manufacturer/distributor backstamps except the date was changed to 1898! This new information certainly gave credence of a standardized and approved US Navy pattern (and was not an orphan) which spanned at least two production dates four years apart with both serving pieces and regularly used flatware. Further solidifying that this was a standard issue dinnerware pattern used in very senior officers mess was the obtaining of a perfect museum quality crystal "georgian-style" decanter which had etched onto one side the exact same Eagle, Federal Banner Clutching Anchor insignia topmark and on the reverse side the monogrammed initials U.S.N. in 19th century script!

However the final "coup de resistance" in establishing this as a significant US Navy authorized pattern of dinnerware was obtaining a dinner plate identical in every way except that the manufacture backstamp was "O.P.C.O. Syracuse China" and dated 1898 which is imperical evidence that this was a seriously established pattern now produced by a well known china manufacturer here in the United States!

Antique US Navy Dinner Plate dated 1894, Haviland Co Limoge France, James M. Barth Co New York Antique US Navy Dinner Plate dated 1894, Haviland Co Limoge France, James M. Barth Co New York

Antique US Navy Dinner Plate dated 1894, Haviland Co Limoge France, James M. Barth Co New York Antique US Navy Dinner Plate dated 1894, Haviland Co Limoge France, James M. Barth Co New York

RAREST of the RARE! US Navy 9" Dinner Plate dated 1894
Museum Quality Condition - Spanish-American War Era! Very First US Navy Authorized Dinnerware Pattern for the Senior Officers Mess! - Perfect Gift for a Naval Officer or Naval Antique Collector!
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Used in Senior Officer's Mess. Manufacturer backstamped H&Co,L,France and James M. Shaw Co, New York, 1894
Folks, it doesn't get any more rarer than this!

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