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Authentic (1830-1970) Antique British Royal Navy Dinnerware Mess Plates, Mess Pails and Mess Buckets, Mess Bowls, Grog and Rum Cups, Rum Mixing Tubs, and other Vintage Naval Tableware used by Officer's and Enlisted Crew Aboard Ship and Shore. Many Porcelain Mess Plate Designs to Choose From in the "Young Head" Queen Victoria and King Edward VII Patterns.


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british royal navy serving out the rum ration or grog ca 1908

Above photo illustrates the serving of the daily rum ration (grog) aboard the battleship HMS Renown, ca 1908. Note the large Royal Navy Mess Pails some of the enlisted sailors standing in line are holding. These sailors are getting the rum ration for their particular division or mess. This was a very formal daily event with amounts tallied and written down for each and every enlisted sailor and officer.

Note the large wooden rum barrel at the end of the rum line being carefully doled out and watched over by a Chief Petty Officer! If one looks closely at the side of some Mess Pails you will see what appears to be an oval shape. This oval shape was a badge which had a Mess Number imprinted on it to identify which mess was being given rations and how much depending upon the number of members authorized for that mess.
Click Here for Photo Historical Analysis and Identification of 19th & 20th Century Royal Navy Mess Plates and Mess Bowls.

Click Here for Photo Identification, History & Availability of 19th/20th Century Royal Navy Grog Measures and Rum Cups including the full array of Mixing Rubs and Casks, Copper Pumps, and Ceramic Wicker Covered Demijohns used in the Storage, Mixing, and Dispensing of British Royal Navy Rum and Grog.

Click Here for Photo Identification, History & Availability of 18th/19th Century Royal Navy Cutlasses, Boarding Axes and Boarding Pikes including the full array of patterns used from the French-Indian Wars, American Revolution, Trafalgar, War of 1812 till the last authorized cutlass in 1901.

royal navy mess plates in the young head pattern by bovey tracey ca 1850-1900

Above photo illustrates a collection of 1850-1900 Royal Navy Mess Plates in the "young head" pattern since they have either the busts of King Edward VII or his mother Queen Victoria shown in their youth along with various naval scenes as part of the design (see below for more about the Royal Navy Mess).

The mess plates with Queen Victorias bust have been found in two versions, one earlier version is called the "Young Head" as thee is a crown upon her forehead leaving her hair open, and the later version is called the "Old Head" since she is shown wearing a scarf or veil covering her head and hair. There are some "young head" Royal Navy Mess Plates which do not use the Royal Crown as the centerpiece, but are shown with a crossed British Naval Flag and Ensign along with Naval Badge or Crown as its centerpiece, (see below).

royal navy mess pail badge

Photo to the left shows one of two 100 year old British Royal Navy Mess Pails that the Pirate's Lair has been able to obtain! The Mess Pails or Mess Buckets shown in the rum line do not appear to have been painted. These Mess Buckets were used to hold foods for each mess as well as the daily allotment of "grog", and used to dispense the food to the mess.

british royal navy stokers mess, ww1

Photo to the left shows the members of the "Stoker's Mess" aboard a WWI Royal Navy Dreadnought; Stokers were in charge of making sure that the engine furnaces has enough coal to keep up the steam. Note the cups, bowls, and other eating implements as well as the large shovels used to shovel coal into the steam furnaces.

various British royal navy cream and milk pitchers ca 1950s 1960s

Historical Note: Prior to 1907 the British Navy mandated that all of the officers and sailors were required to purchase their own mess equipment consisting of plates, cups, bowls, pots, flatware, etc etc. Sailors were either assigned or voluntarilly joined specific messes based upon their function aboard the ship, watch schedules, and/or personal preferences.

Examples would be all gunners on the 1st watch would put together a mess for all of their meals; or married sailors from London would put together a mess for all of their meals.

Joining a mess was a serious matter and in many cases showed the sailor's stature and status aboard the ship, if not his occupation. It was similar to joining a fraternity, and not to be taken lightly! The point is that prior to 1907 there could be a countless number of messes aboard any given British Royal Navy ship, and all the members of each mess were required to purchase and maintain their own dinnerware only to be used only by that particular mess.

So as to provide some semblance of naval order and continuity the British Navy standardized on certain overall patterns that could be slightly modified to identify the mess they were meant for. An example of this identifying pattern consisted of depicting the young busts of King Edward VII and Queen Victoria in a cartouche surrounded by naval scenes of sailors (jack tars) carousing around with a trophy of arms and flags along the border.

Even though the overall pattern was pre-approved and standardized upon it also allowed for each mess to have their own unique mess number so as to avoid confusion between the many messes.

Serving Grog British Royal Navy Channel Fleet 1907 Serving Grog British Royal Navy Channel Fleet 1907

Note the Grog Cups or Rum Pail in Main Photo and in Cropped Insert - Prior to 1907 each "Navy Mess" aboard a Royal Navy ship had to purchase its own Mess Plates, Mess Bowls and Cups with each item having a Mess Number for identification. Royal Navy Channel Fleet 1907

This unique mess number was to avoid confusion and theft. Each mess was required to either stamp, engrave, or have this mess number imprinted on and made part of any mess equipment which they intended to use.

Click Here for Photo Historical Identification and Research Analysis of the 1830s-1930s Royal Navy Mess Plate and Mess Bowl Designs and Patterns!

The Bovey Tracey Pottery Company (1843-1894), later the Bovey Pottery Company (1894-1936), and Pounty & Company (along with other pottery manufacturer's), met this Royal Navy requirement by producing plates, bowls, cups and serving pieces in a flow blue transfer print which contained a standard Royal Navy approved design and when anyone purchased these items only the specific mess number which was then hand glazed onto the china before firing.

Chivalric English Motto Honi soit qui mal y pense

The image to the left illustrates the inscription "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (old french) as found on a Royal Navy Mess Plate which is a Chivlaric English motto of the "Order of the Garter" which means: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it", or more strictly: "Let he who thinks ill there be shamed", or as it is sometimes re-interpreted "Evil be to him who evil thinks".

We have been able to obtain British Royal Navy Mess Plates with the highest number so far being Mess No 58. Obviously being a member of the lowest mess number (such as Mess No 1) was typically an honor since these were the very first messes which were established right after the ship was put into commission and crew assigned. High mess numbers would also be attributed to changing technologies aboard the ship. An example would be that the sail rigger's mess would have a lower mess number than say the coal stoker's mess; sail giving way to engines. Slowly over time the rigger's mess would would have less and less members (and stature) while the coal stokers and enginemen would have more and more members.

All shown patterns and pieces plus matching cups and saucers are available for sale here on The Pirates Lair - See Below!

large royal navy meat platter with officer's gold anchor insiginia royal navy anchor topmark SIgill OFFI MAG ADMIR MAG BR &C

Photo to the left shows a very large and heavy British Royal Navy Senior Officer's Wardroom meat platter with the Royal Navy insignia in gold.

Photo to the right shows a closeup of the insignia and topmark used on all British Royal Navy dinnerware from about 1937 onward. This topmark consists of a fouled anchor within a badge surrounded by the inscription "SIgill OFFI MAG ADMIR MAG BR &C", which means "The Seal of the Office of the Lord High Admiral of Great Britain, etc", with the British Royal Crown sitting above the badge.

There are also two types of crowns, one for the reigning King and another for the reigning Queen. This particular insignia uses the crown of Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Naval Badge.

admiralty or naval badge - crown, sails, ship, jewels admiralty or naval badge crown, sails, ship, jewels

The above dinner plate to the left was originally found in Tasmania, Australia and illustrates a simple British Admiralty Naval Badge in green glaze. It has been noted by historians that this simple plate with a green and sometimes blue Royal Navy badge was used in the Chief Petty Officers Mess ca 1920s-1930s and discontinued just at the outbreak of WWII.

The photo to the left shows a detailed image of the approved Naval Badge proofed in the 1600s and still in use today! Consists of a Royal Crown with a base of precious jewels and stones with the top depicting sails with pennants in position 2 and 4, with the rear of a ship in position 3, and what appears to be laurels in positions 1 and 5.

However this particular specimen of Naval Badge was modified as the original badge consisted of half of a rear of a ship in positions 1 and 5 instead of the laurels as shown on this specimen.

The supposed legend behind the British Naval Badge is that it represents the diminuitive British Royal Navy when it went up against a much superior invading Spanish Armada in 1588. The rear view of the ships represent the much larger Spanish ships and fleet, while the single sails represent the smaller British ships sailing between them.

At least on British Royal Navy dinnerware one will find either the Naval Badge as shown above or the particular reigning Monarchs Royal Crown when the dinnerware was made.

british navy serving dish with lid and blue topmark british navy officers tea service

Photo to the left shows a covered serving dish with the Royal Navy topmark in blue ca 1960's and was used for the ratings, petty officers, and chief petty officers. It is conjectured that the gold topmark was reserved for the warrant, junior, wardroom and senior officers mess.
Photo to the right shows a tea or coffee set in a very distinctive scalloped pattern which the Royal Navy used in the 1970's.

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ALL PIECES ARE MUSEUM QUALITY/INVESTMENT GRADE CONDITION

 
1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 1
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 1, Victoria, with Crown
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9"
 
$495. Each
 
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1901-1907 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 1
King Edward VII "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1901-1907 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 1, Edward, with Crown
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9"
 
$495. Each
 
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 1
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Crossed Flags Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 1, Victoria, with Flags
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9"
 
$595. Each
 
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 2
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Crossed Flags Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 2, Victoria, with Flags
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9"
 
$595. Each
 
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 2
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 2, Victoria, with Crown
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9"
 
$495. Each
 
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1901-1907 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 2
King Edwward VII "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1901-1907 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 2, Edward, with Crown
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9"
 
$495. Each
 
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1850-1870 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 2
Ships and Flowers Pattern, Anchor Centerpiece. Inscription reads: "honi soit qui mal y pense". This is Old French and the motto of the English chivalric "Order of the Garter", which translated means: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it", or more strictly: "Let he who thinks ill there be shamed", or as it is sometimes re-interpreted "Evil be to him who evil thinks"
 
1850-1900 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 2, Ships and Flowers, with Anchor
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9"
 
$895.
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 3
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Crossed Flags Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 3, Victoria, with Flags
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9"
 
$595. Each
 
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1850-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 3
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece by Pounting & Co
 
Queen Victoria Young Head Pattern, Royal Crown by Pounting & Co
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9"
 
$495. Each
 
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 4
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Crossed Flags Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 4, Victoria, with Flags
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9"
 
$595. Each
 
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RARE and Available! 1840-1875 Victorian Era British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 6
Fantastically Detailed Mess Plate with Naval Sailing Ships, Lighthouses, Anchors, Flags, and other Nautical Scenes. Of particular note in the Centerpiece are floral depictions of interwined roses, thistles and shamrocks representing the floral insignia of England, Scotland and Ireland! Some crazing, edge chips but does not detract, small hairline.
Backstamped Fletcher & Miller, Butcher St, Portsea!
 
British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 6 Victorian Era 1840-1875
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9"
 
$995.
 
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 7
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 7, Victoria, with Crown
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9"
 
$495.
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 8
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 8, Victoria, with Crown
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9"
 
$495.
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1865 British Royal Navy Victorian Era Mess Plate No 10
Beautifully Detailed Rope and Chain Blue Transfer with Royal Crown and Badge Centerpiece. Cracked and Crazing.
 
1865 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 10, Rope and Chain all Around and Royal Crown in Center
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9"
 
$995.
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RARE! 1840-1875 Victorian Era British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 16
Fantastically Detailed Mess Plate with Naval Sailing Ships, Lighthouses, Anchors, Flags, and other Nautical Scenes. Valued at $1500.USD Some crazing. Of particular note in the Centerpiece are floral depictions of interwined roses, thistles and shamrocks representing the floral insignia of England, Scotland and Ireland!
Backstamped Fletcher & Miller, Butcher St, Portsea!
 
British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 16 Victorian Era 1840-1875
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9"
 
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 18
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 18, Victoria, with Crown
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9"
 
$495.
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RARE! 1840-1875 Victorian Era British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 20
Fantastically Detailed Mess Plate with Naval Sailing Ships, Lighthouses, Anchors, Flags, and other Nautical Scenes. Of particular note in the Centerpiece are floral depictions of interwined roses, thistles and shamrocks representing the floral insignia of England, Scotland and Ireland! Some crazing, edge chips but does not detract, small hairline.
Backstamped Fletcher & Miller, Butcher St, Portsea!
 
British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 20 Victorian Era 1840-1875
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9"
 
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RARE! 1837-1870s Victorian Era British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 22
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 22, Queen Victoria with Crown
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9"
 
$595.
 
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1880s-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 23
King Edward VII "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1880s-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl No 19, Victoria, with Crown
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9"
 
$495.
 
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1901-1905 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 36
King Edward VII "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece. Bovey Co Ltd backstamped
 
1901-1907 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 36, Edward VII, with Crown
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9"
 
$495.
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1901-1905 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 39
King Edward VII "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1901-1907 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 39, Edward, with Crown
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9"
 
$495.
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1901-1905 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 48
King Edward VII "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1901-1907 British Royal Navy Mess Plate No 48, King Edward, with Crown
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9"
 
$495. Each
 
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Plate No 50
Queen Victoria "Old Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece.
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl No 50, Queen Victoria, with Crown
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9"
 
$495.
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1820s-1850 British Royal Navy Victorian Basin or Mess Bowl No 05
Museum Quality Condition! Produced possibly by Bovey Tracey Pottery Co. but it could have been any number of producers, and due to the unique nature of the stencilling it is thought that this mess bowl is early 1830s before Bovey Tracey Pottery was incorporated. Due to the unique nature of this mess bowl we have dedicated a separate web page for a more detailed review.
 
1830-1850s British Royal Navy Mess Basin or Bowl No 5
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6.5"
 
n/a
 
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1867-1890 British Royal Navy Victorian Basin or Mess Bowl No 18
Museum Quality Condition! Produced by WT Copeland & Sons, Stoke On Kent. Plain Bowl with Blue Rim and Blue Encircled 18 which was found by a diver in the British Royal Navy port of Portland Harbor among 1,000's of shattered pottery pieces presumably dumped overboard at some distant past. This dumping was possibly right after 1907 when the British Royal Navy went from individual messes to the general mess and mess number identification was no longer required.
 
1867-1890 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl No 18 by WT Copeland & Sons, Stoke On Kent England
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6.5"
 
$125.
 
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1901-1905 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Basin or Bowl No 19
King Edward VII "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1901-1907 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl No 19, Edward, with Crown
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7"
 
$125.
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1837-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Basin or Bowl No 24
Queen Victoria Young Head Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1850-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl No 24, Victoria, with Crown
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7"
 
$125.
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1867-1890 British Royal Navy Victorian Basin or Mess Bowl No 29
Museum Quality Condition! Produced by WT Copeland & Sons, Stoke On Kent. Plain Bowl with Blue Rim and Blue Encircled 18 which was found by a diver in the British Royal Navy port of Devon, Portsmouth Harbor presumably dumped overboard at some distant past. The discarding of this bowl was possibly right after 1907 when the British Royal Navy went from individual messes to the general mess and mess number identification was no longer required. Or perhaps the ship they were on obtained a new pattern of mess bowls to replace this particular pattern.
 
1867-1890 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl No 29 by WT Copeland & Sons, Stoke On Kent England
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6.5"
 
$125.
 
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1937-1901 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Basin or Bowl No 54
Queen Victoria "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece.
 
1837-1901 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl No 54, Edward, with Crown
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7"
 
$125.
 
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1901-1910 British Royal Navy Victorian Mess Bowl No 58
King Edward VII "Young Head" Pattern, Royal Crown Centerpiece
 
1901-1907 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl No 58, Edward, with Crown
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7"
 
$125.
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1905-1916 British Royal Navy Mess Basin or Bowl
A Mess Bowl, or Mess Basin as the British called it, produced by Aynsley China Co and used in the General or Centralized Mess aboard ship (post "berthing" mess period) for British sailors or ratings ca 1907 as it only has the British Royal Navy's Fouled Anchor as an insignia vs. a designated Mess No. This simple fouled anchor insiginia was discontinued and stopped being issued by the Royal Navy in 1926. Additionally, the story is that this Mess Bowl came from Royal Naval ship HMS Arethusa which fought in the Jutland War, pre-cursor to WWI. February 1916 she hit a mine just off Felixstowe and she ran aground on Cutler Shoal where she was abandoned and allowed to break up. Apparently after a large storm this bowl was washed up on the beach from where the Arethusa had sunk. The Mess Bowl certainly has salt water and marine staining to at least substantiate that it was submerged for a lengthy time in the past.
 
1907-1916 British Royal Navy General Mess Bowl
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8"
 
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Unkown Date British Royal Navy Barracks, Portsmouth, No 77
Plain blue rim pattern with Royal Crown Centerpiece above a circle with "R.N. Barracks, Portsmouth" and the numeral "77." being possibly Mess No 77. There is a fair amount of crazing and slight staining under the glaze indicating age.
 
Royal Navy Barracks, Portsmouth Mess No 77
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10"
 
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British Royal Navy Chief Petty Officers Mess Dinner Plate, ca 1910 or 1916
Beautiful white glazed plate with the Royal Navy's Admiralty Badge consisting of the Naval Crown in Blue, indicating it was used in the Chief Petty Officers Mess..
 
Royal Navy Admiralty Dinner PlateClick Photo!
 
10"
 
Not For Sale
Historical Purposes
 
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British Royal Navy Poss. Chief Petty Officers Dinner Plate, ca 1910 or 1916
Beautiful plate with white glazed body and the Royal Navy's Admiralty Badge consisting of the Naval Crown in Green which denotes use in the Chief Petty Officers Mess.
 
Royal Navy Chief Petty Officers Mess Dinner PlateClick Photo!
 
10"
 
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British Royal Navy Admiralty Cup, ca 1985 - 2000
Beautiful white glazed cup with the Royal Navy's Admiralty Badge consisting of the Naval Crown in Gold.
 
Royal Navy Admiralty CupClick Photo!
 
3"
 
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British Royal Navy Large Mess Pail or Mess Bucket, Late 1800's to Early 1900's (see photo at top of page)
Used to collect food, drinks, or the grog rum ration from the galley for each mess aboard ship, 13w" x 10d" x 12h".
 
1870-1910 British Royal Navy Mess Pail or Mess Bucket
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13w" x 10d" x 12h"
 
$695.
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British Royal Navy Large Mess Pail, Mess Bucket or "Rum Fanny" from Late 1800's to Early 1900's (see photo at top of page)
Used to collect food, drinks or grog and rum ration from the galley for each mess aboard ship, 13w" x 10d" x 12h".
 
1870-1910 British Royal Navy Mess Pail, rum fanny or Mess Bucket
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13w" x 10d" x 12h"
 
$595.
 
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British Royal Navy Imperial Rum Large Porcelain Rum Demijohn Encased in Protective Wicker. #1
Museum Quality Condition. Handcrafted. These wicker-protected porcelain or ceramic demijohns were used store British Royal Navy Rum (108.6-proof) from the very early 1900s thru the 1960s. This particular demijohn is ca WWI-WWII and later since the wicker strips used during this period is a bit thinner than that found on early demijohns. The rum was mixed with water and lime juice to create what is known as "Navy Grog" and served daily to the enlisted ratings.
 
British Royal Navy Imperial Rum Demijohn with Wicker and Red StripeClick Photo!
 
13-1/2" high X 8.5" wide, 1 Imperial Gallon, or 4.54 Liter Capacity
 
$275.
 
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British Royal Navy Imperial Rum Large Porcelain Rum Demijohn Encased in Protective Wicker. #2
Museum Quality Condition. Handcrafted. These wicker-protected porcelain or ceramic demijohns were used store British Royal Navy Rum (108.6-proof) from the very early 1900s thru the 1960s. This particular demijohn is ca WWII and later since the wicker strips used during this period is a bit thinner than that found on early demijohns. The rum was mixed with water and lime juice to create what is known as "Navy Grog" and served daily to the enlisted ratings.
 
British Royal Navy WWII Imperial Rum Demijohn with WickerClick Photo!
 
13-1/2" high X 8.5" wide, 1 Imperial Gallon, or 4.54 Liter Capacity
 
$275.
 
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British Royal Navy Imperial Rum Large Porcelain Rum Demijohn Encased in Protective Wicker with Red Mark. #3
Museum Quality Condition. Handcrafted. These wicker-protected porcelain or ceramic demijohns were used store British Royal Navy Rum (108.6-proof) from the very early 1900s thru the 1960s. This particular demijohn is ca WWI to WWII (1900s-1960s) and later since the wicker strips used during this period is a bit thinner than that found on early demijohns. The rum was mixed with water and lime juice to create what is known as "Navy Grog" and served daily to the enlisted ratings.
 
British Royal Navy WWII Imperial Rum Demijohn with Wicker and Red StripeClick Photo!
 
13-1/2" high X 8.5" wide, 1 Imperial Gallon, or 4.54 Liter Capacity
 
$275.
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British Royal Navy Imperial Rum Large Porcelain Rum Demijohn Without the Wicker and Showing the Stencil Initials SRD (Supply Reserve Depot). #4
Excellent Quality Condition, found in a Brocante near Dunkerque Handcrafted. This porcelain or ceramic demijohn was used store British Royal Navy Rum (108.6-proof) from the very early 1900s thru the 1960s. This particular demijohn is ca WWI to WWII (1900s-1960s). The rum was mixed with water and lime juice to create what is known as "Navy Grog" and served daily to the enlisted ratings.
 
British Royal Navy WWII Imperial Rum Demijohn with SRDClick Photo!
 
13-1/2" high X 8.5" wide, 1 Imperial Gallon, or 4.54 Liter Capacity
 
$275.
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Authentic British Royal Navy 8 Piece Rum Cup or Grog Cup Set
Arsenal stamped indicating Government Property In-Service with Measure Marks. 19th and early20th Century Provenance - COMPLETE 8 PIECE COLLECTION: 1 Gallon, `1/2 Gallon, 1 Quart, 1 Pint, 1/2 Pint, 1 1/2 Gil, 1 Gil and 1/2 Gil!
 
british royal navy rum cup copper measures 8 Piece Collection
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8 Measures - Complete Set!
 
$3995.
 
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Authentic 19th Century British Royal Navy 1 Gallon Rum Cup or Grog Cup
Arsenal stamped with the Broad Arrow or "crows feet" indicating Government Property In-Service, Victorian abbreviated italic measure mark. An interesting post-production field inventory stamp along the rim "No II Galley".
 
british royal navy rum cup copper measure 1 gallon 19th century
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1 Imperial Gallon
 
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Authentic 20th Century British Royal Navy 1 Imperial Gallon Rum Cup or Grog Cup
Cipher clearly stamped along with a 6 below the crown and arsenal marked with a 1 over 53 indicating place of manufacture, and the part number 53169 stamped on the bottom, front of cup is simply stamped "GALLON".
 
british royal navy rum cup copper measure 1 gallon 20th century
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1 Imperial Gallon
 
$795.
 
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Authentic 20th Century British Royal Navy 1/2 Imperial Gallon Rum Cup or Grog Cup
Cipher indeciperable due to solder, clearly arsenal marked with a K over 52 indicating place of manufacture, and the part number 53170 stamped on the bottom, front of cup is simply stamped "1/2 GALLON".
 
british royal navy rum cup copper measure 1 gallon 20th century
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1/2 Imperial Gallon
 
$695.
 
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Authentic 20th Century British Royal Navy Georgian Era 1 Quart Rum Cup Measure
Clearly stamped with British Royal Cypher of George V for government service. Crown over GR with Shield and proofed by Inspector #17
 
british royal navy rum cup or measure 1 quart 20th century
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1 Quart Measure
 
$495.
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Authentic early-mid 19th Century British Royal Navy Victorian Era 1 Quart Rum Cup or Grog Measure
This 1 Quart Grog Measure is period 19th or early 20th century manufactured to Royal Navy specifications and is tinned on the inside. There has been a repair to this measure along the rear seam where the handle is secured onto the cup. Two part handcrafted cup construction ensures early manufacture.
 
british royal navy rum cup or rum measure 1 quart 19th century
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1 Quart Measure
 
$495.
 
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Authentic 19th Century British Royal Navy Victorian 1 Quart Rum Cup or Grog Measure
This 1 Quart Grog Measure is properly stamped "Crown over VR6, Broad Arrow, Qt" and manufactured to Royal Navy specifications and is tinned on the inside.
 
british royal navy rum cup or rum measure stamped crown vr6 arrow 1 quart 19th century
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1 Quart Measure
 
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Historical Purposes
 
19th Century British Royal Navy Victorian era 1 Pint Rum Cup or Grog Measure
Clearly stamped with Royal Navy Broad Arrow proofing it as Government Property and in service and Crown over VR6 indicating it was made during Queen Victoria's reign, 1837-1901 and proofed by Inspector #6 in Birmingham, England.
 
british royal navy rum cup 1 pint 19th century
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1 Pint Measure
 
$495.
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19th Century British Royal Navy Victorian Era 1/2 Pint Rum Measure or Grog Cup
Clearly stamped with 1/2 Pt and the Royal Navy Broad Arrow proofing it for service with a Crown over VR6 indicating it was made during Queen Victoria's reign, 1837-1901 and proofed by Inspector #6
 
british royal navy rum cup or measure 1/2 pint 19th century Victorian Era
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1/2 Pint Measure
 
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Authentic 19th/20th Century British Royal Navy Victorian 1/2 Pint Rum Cup or Grog Cup
Partially Stamped with the numeral 2 just below the rim, possible remnants of the Royal Navy Broad Arrow proofing it for government property and service. It is possible that the numeral 2 was the bottom part of 1/2 for half pint, or the bottom half of the now missing crown cipher indicating that it was made at location 2. Tinned on the inside, handle has been dented over time but rivets are in perfect condtion.
 
british royal navy rum cup 1/2 pint 19th century
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1/2 Pint Measure
 
$295.
 
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Authentic 20th Century British Royal Navy Georgian GRV Era 1/2 Pint Rum Cup or Grog Cup #1
Clearly Stamped along the rim with the Royal Cipher (crown over GR), Arsenal Marked (L over 51), and bottom stamped post-production with an inventory (53173). Excellent detail and in RARE Museum Quality Usable Condition with the INSIDE TINNING INTACT!
 
british royal navy rum cup 1/2 pint 20th century - GRV
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1/2 Pint Measure
Perfect Usable Condition!
 
$395.
 
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Authentic 20th Century British Royal Navy Georgian GRV Era 1/2 Pint Rum Cup or Grog Cup #2
Clearly Stamped along the rim with the Royal Cipher (crown over GR), Arsenal Marked (L over 51), and bottom stamped post-production with an inventory or serial number (53173). Excellent detail and in RARE Museum Quality Usable Condition with the inside tinning intact!
 
british royal navy rum cup 1/2 pint 20th century - GRV
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1/2 Pint Measure
Perfect Usable Condition!
 
$395.
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Authentic 20th Century British Royal Navy Elizabethan Era 1956 1/2 Pint Rum or Grog Cup
Rare to find a Rum Cup clearly stamped along the rim with Queen Elizabeths Royal Cipher (Royal Crown over ER and 6 below), Arsenal Marked (5 over 56), and bottom stamped with an inventory or serial number (53173) with an additional stamping, PS1956. Excellent detail and in RARE usable condition with the inside tinning intact!
 
british royal navy rum cup 1/2 pint 20th century - Queen Elizabeth Royal Cipher
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1/2 Pint Measure
 
$295.
 
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Authentic 19th Century British Royal Navy Victorian Era 1/2 Gill Rum Cup or Grog Measure
This 1/2 Gill Grog Measure is period 19th or early 20th century manufactured to Royal Navy specifications and is tinned on the inside with Broad Arrow Stamp indicating Government In Service Property and the Remnants of "1/2 Gill" Stamp
 
british royal navy rum cup or rum measure half Gill 19th century
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Half Gill or 1/2 Gill Measure
 
$295.
 
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Authentic 19th Century British Royal Navy Victorian Era 1/2 Gill Rum Cup or Grog Measure
This 1/2 gill Grog Measure is manufactured to Royal Navy specifications, tinned on the inside, handles riveted to the body, Queen Victoria Royal Cipher marked with a "Crown over VR6", a "Broad Arrow" stamp indicating Government In Service Property, the letter "D" stamped near the cipher, and stamped "1/2 gill".
 
british royal navy rum cup or rum measure half gill 19th century Crown over VR6 and Broad Arrow
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Half gill or 1/2 gill Measure
 
$295.
 
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British Royal Navy Large Covered Serving Dish, 1956
Has the blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the officer's wardroom mess.
 
large covered serving dish
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14"x5"
 
$195.
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British Royal Navy Large Meat Platter
Has the gold badge or topmark signifying it was used in the senior officer's mess.
 
large meat platter
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18"x12"
 
$895.
 
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British Royal Navy Dinner Plate
The blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the wardroom officer's mess. By Crown Ducal, dated 1966. Has the Royal Navy Arrow Anchor Hallmark on bottom.
 
1964 British Royal Navy Dinner Plate
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9.25"
 
$95.
 
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British Royal Navy Salad Plate
The blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the wardroom officer's mess. By Crown Ducal, dated 1964. Has the Royal Navy Arrow Anchor Hallmark on bottom.
 
1964 British Royal Navy Salad Plate
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8.25"
 
$65.
 
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British Royal Navy Bread Plate
The blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the wardroom officer's mess. Bty Stanley, dated 1956.
 
1964 British Royal Navy bread Plate
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6.25"
 
$45.
 
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British Royal Navy Side Dish
The blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the wardroom officer's mess. By WM Grindley, dated 1965. Has the Royal Navy Arrow Anchor hallmark on bottom.
 
1964 British Royal Navy Side Dish
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6.25"
 
$85.
 
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British Royal Navy Demitasse Cup
The blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the wardroom officer's mess. By Sutherland dated 1967. Has the Royal Navy Arrow Anchor hallmark on bottom.
 
1964 British Royal Navy Demitasse Cup
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2.50"
 
$45.
 
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British Royal Navy Demitasse Saucer
The blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the wardroom officer's mess. By Staffordshire no date. Has the British Royal Navy Anchor hallmark on bottom.
 
1964 British Royal Navy Demitasse Cup
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5"
 
$25.
 
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British Royal Navy Cream Pitcher, Lidless
The blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the wardroom officer's mess. By Coalport, dated 1955.
 
1964 British Royal Navy Cream Pitcher
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5.50" High
 
$145.
 
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British Royal Navy Milk Pitcher with Lid
The blue badge or topmark signifying it was used in the wardroom officer's mess. By Crown Ducal, dated 1966. Has Royal Navy Arrow Anchor hallmark. Pitcher has some crazing which gives it that sought after vintage look.
 
1964 British Royal Navy Cream Pitcher
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6.50" High
 
$195.
 
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British Royal Navy Saucer with Swirl Pattern
The gold badge or topmark signifying it was used in the senior officer's mess. By Coalport, dated 1954
 
1964 British Royal Navy Saucer with Swirl
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6.25"
 
$25.
 
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British Royal Navy Cream Pitcher, Lidless with Swirl Pattern
The gold badge or topmark signifying it was used in the senior officer's mess. By Tuscan, no date. Has British Admiralty Anchor hallmark.
 
1964 British Royal Navy Cream Pitcher
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5.50" High
 
$155.
 
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British Royal Navy Small Personal Creamer, Hong Kong Fleet
The gold badge or topmark signifying it was used in the officer's mess at the Royal Navy's Hong Kong Fleet Club. By Wedgewood, 1984.
 
British Royal Navy Hong Kong Fleet Club Personal Creamer
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2.50"
 
$25.
 
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RARE! Authentic early 20th Century pre-WWII British Royal Marines Mess Bowl
Handsome plain white bowl with blue Royal Marines Insiginia of Lion over Royal Crown and Latin Motto "Per Mare, Per Terram", (By Sea, By Land). Backstamped with "Copeland SPODE" manufacturers mark, Admiralty Anchor denoting Government inspected and proofed, and impressed "38" for 1938 production (possibly in October). PERFECT as gift to a Royal Marine or collector of Marine dinnerware! Worthy of note, the first time that the British Marine Motto appears to have been used was on their caps during the Battle of Bunkers Hill in 1775.
 
british royal marines dinner mess bowl
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9.25"
 
$175.
 
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ANY TEXT BELOW THIS LINE IS SOLEY FOR THE BENEFIT OF SEARCH BOTS, SPYDERS AND OTHER DENIZENS OF THE DEEP DARK SEA INTERNET The British Royal Navy Bowls called the royal navy of Great Britain. The Royal Navy Cups and Saucers apparently had fine china tableware made for it.
Which included a serving bowl or tureen. This would be a perfect gift for Royal Naval attache, a British diplomat or even as a formal presentation gift for a British Ambassador

A British Navy Plates and military attache would also love to have this official British tableware and perhaps even Royal Navy dinnerware as it includes the soup bowls, fish servers, various sugar bowls and dinner plates and cups.