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Authentic Antique 1850-1870's Prussian Navy Soup Bowl or Preussen Marine (Preubischen or Preussische) Kantinenporzellan Suppen Teller with Naval Insignia consisting of a Green Christian Royal Crown on the Head of an Eagle clutching a Canon and Anchor Surrounded by a Rope-like Circle.

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Prussian Navy Soup bowl

Photos above show a Prussian Navy (Preuschen or Preussen Marine) 9.5" Soup Bowl used aboard ship by the Wardroom Officer's Mess.

The bottom mark consists of the green text "Frankfurt Unterglasur" and imprinted into the china itself is a circle with what appears to be a backward P and atop the circle are two smaller circles with a Christian cross between them. There are some additional impressions in the china which appear to be numbers but are practically unreadable, perhaps a 25 and a 9. Additionally there appears to be a small impressed mark of some sort of animal, perhaps a bear on all fours, within an oval.

The Prussian Navy by any standard was small for European Countries, and unlike many of it's European neighbors Prussia mainly relied upon it's large landbased army. However about 1850 the Prussian Monarchy under Prince Addelbart realized the limitations of not having a naval presence and began construction of Prussia's first real navy.

At the same time, the first naval base was established on the North Sea. In the Jade Treaty (Jade-Vertrag) of 1853, the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg ceded to Prussia the so-called Jade District. Here, in the following years, arose the great naval port which received the name Wilhelmshaven in 1869 and it was about this time that the Prussian Navy was merged into the Combined German Fleet.

By this time, the Prussian Navy had already ceased to exist. After the Austro-Prussian War (the "German War") of 1866, the North German states had allied under Prussian leadership as the North German Confederation. Out of the Prussian Navy grew the Navy of the North German Confederation (Norddeutsche Bundesmarine), which after the Franco-Prussian War changed its name again to became the Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) of the new German Empire.

The naval preference of the last Prussian king, German Emperor William II, also prepared the end of the Prussian monarchy. The German naval buildup of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was one of the causes of World War I; and it was the mutinying sailors of the "High Seas Fleet" who forced the abdication of the Emperor during the November Revolution of 1918. The Navy continued as the Reichsmarine (Imperial Navy) and later the Kriegsmarine (War Navy), until at the end of World War II, it faced its own end.

After WWII and the outset of the Cold War found Germany and the Germany Navy split into East Germany (Volksmarine) and West Germany (Bundesmarine). After the collapse of East Germany its Volksmarine was incorporated into West Germany's Bundesmarine to provide a singular naval entity.

Below are links to other Antique Nautical and Naval Artifacts that may be of interest:

Click HERE for WWII US Navy Anchor China

Click HERE for German Kaiserliche Marine and Reichsmarine Dinnerware and China

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