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Authentic Spanish Navy (Armada De Espana or Marina Espanola) Coffee Cup and Saucer, Dinnerware and Tableware with the Naval Insignia consisting of a Royal Crown and Beautiful Fouled Anchor

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spanish navy officer's wardroom china coffee cup bottom mark Photos above show a Spanish Navy (Armada De Espana) Coffee Cup and Saucer used aboard ship by the Wardroom Officer's of the Spanish Navy. The coffee cup and saucer are made of fine china and the naval insiginia consists of the Royal Crown of Spain and Fouled Anchor.

The provenance and story behind our aquisition of this Spanish Navy coffee cup and saucer:

"This Armada de Espana (Spanish Navy) coffee cup and saucer came from the estate of a ship's pilot. According to his heir, he worked in the Panama Canal Zone circa 1963-1979. At that time it was custom for a ship's captain or master to tip the pilot for safely steering the ship through the canal. Usual tips were a bottle of whisky or a carton of cigarettes but this gentleman neither imbibed nor smoked so he always asked for a cup and saucer or plate off each vessel.

Presumably it was the captain of the Spanish Naval vessel "Jupiter" (originally a mine layer commissioned in 1937), which was transiting the Canal who gave this cup and saucer to the gentleman who was the pilot during the transit. The Jupiter itself has quite a history and was manned by "rebel" sailors against Franco and the Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War. The Jupiter was modernized in 1958-1961 into a frigate, and decommissioned and scrapped in 1974.

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However, after doing a bit of research we have not been able to identify this crown and anchor topmark as specifically coming from the Spanish Navy. However we have found a postage stamp commemorating or honoring the "old" Spanish Navy and the crown and anchor are very, very similar to the one found on the cup. Additionally, there is also some evidence found online that the Spanish Navy used the crown and fouled anchor as a shield at some of their Naval bases on the Mediteranean.

Additionally, the anchor being depicted on the coffee cup is a very close facsimile to the type of anchor design used on Russian Navy dinnerware from as early as Imperial Russian through both the Red Navy and Soviet Navy, as well as the current Russian Federal Navy's. Also, the design on the backstamp also appears to be from one of Russia's more famous porcelain china factories.

So therefore it is a strong indication that this cup may perhaps be of Russian or even of Eastern European provenance. However, this wouldn't be the first time that one navy copies the finer attributes and insignia of another!

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spanish navy dinner plate showing crown and fouled anchor spanish navy dinner plate showing crown and fouled anchor

The above dinner plate is purported to be from the Spanish Navy's Officers Mess and the type of crown over the anchor could certainly support this. Additionally, the backstamp is hallmarked "Bidasoa, Spain" which is a well known Spanish china company named after Northern Spains Basque provinces. The anchor still looks vaguely similar to that of the Russian navy's.

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spanish navy coffee cup and saucer showing crown and fouled anchor spanish navy coffee cup and saucer showing crown and fouled anchor

The above is another example of a Spanish Navy (Armada de Espana) cup and saucer presumably from some Spanish Navy's Officers Mess. Note the type of crown over the anchor and the manufacture's backstamp "Bidasoa, Espana". Additionally, "Bidasoa" of Spain which is a well known Spanish china company named after Northern Spains Basque provinces, and is known to have made most if not all of Spain's naval china dinnerware.



 
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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 Royal Spanish Navy is called the or the Royal Navy of Spain. The Spanish Navy apparently had fine china tableware made for it.
Which included a tableware and dinner, cup and saucer. This would be a perfect gift for Spain's Naval attache, a Spanish diplomat or even as a formal presentation gift.

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