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Only at The Pirate's Lair will you find Genuine Authentic WWII US Navy-issued Vintage Nautical Dinnerware and Matching Nautical Silverware


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This Nautical Dinnerware and Tableware consisting of fine China pieces with matching Silverware now being offered by The Pirate's Lair was originally produced for the US Navy from the late 1890s to the 1960s.

Each piece was glazed with a Special Rank Insignia (or topmark) as the Personal China and Silverware for Warrant Officers, Junior Grade Officers (Ensign or Lieutenant Junior Grade LtJG), Wardroom Officers (Lieutenant LT, Lieutenant Commander LCDR, Commander CDR), Senior Officers, Navy Captains, 2 star Rear Admirals, 3 star Vice Admirals, 4 star Full or Fleet Admirals, and the military and civilian leadership of the Department of the Navy spanning era's from the Spanish-American War, Great White Fleet, WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam!

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1944 Shenango China Advertisement
US Navy China by Officer Rank Insignia Topmark
 
shenango china company 1944 advertisement of US Navy ChinaClick Photo!
 
Hard Published Evidence of Naval Rank Insignia's used on US Navy China during WWII
Shows USN-Warrant Officer, Squareknot-Junior Officer, Fouled Anchor-Wardroom Officer, Burgee Commissioning Pennant-Captain, 2 Star, 3 Star and 4 Star-Admirals
 
Priceless!


navy china for the rank of captain us naval china with fouled anchor pattern
To the left if a placesetting of naval china with Commissioning Pennant for the Captains Mess. To the right is naval china with cobalt blue Fouled Anchor for the Wardroom Officers Mess (Lt LtCmdr Cmdr)
The Pirate's Lair has an extensive inventory of other available U.S. Navy military surplus and navy surplus nautical dinnerware from the Spanish American War, Great White Fleet, WWI, WII, Korea and Vietnam era's which can even be purchased online via our shopping cart, or you can email or call us at 540-659-6209!

The below Information and Ordering Table provides a complete list of available U.S. Navy Rank Specific navy plates, navy dishes, navy bowls, navy cups and navy saucers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 
WARDROOM OFFICER Limited Production Late 1940's to Late 1950's - Fouled Anchor with USN.
Originally Produced for the Officer's Wardroom but a Great Gift for a Chief Petty Officer!
 
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Size
 
Price Each
 
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Wardroom Navy Officer
Dinner Plate: Fouled Anchor - USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy wardroom officer dinner plate, anchor usn
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10"
 
$99.
 
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Navy Wardroom Officer
Salad Plate: Fouled Anchor - USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy wardroom officer salad plate, anchor usn
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6"
 
$59.
 
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Navy Wardroom Officer
Soup Bowl: Fouled Anchor - USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy wardroom officer soup bowl, anchor usn
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9"
 
$99.
 
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Navy Wardroom Officer
Cereal Bowl or Salad Bowl: Fouled Anchor - USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy wardroom officer cereal or salad bowl, anchor usn
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6"
 
$89.
 
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Navy Wardroom Officer - Limited Production
Bouillon Cup, Two Handled: Fouled Anchor - USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
wardroom officer bouillon cup, anchor usn
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Very Rare!
 
$99.
 
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Wardroom Officer
Coffee Cup, Tea Cup: Fouled Anchor - USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
wardroom officer coffee cup or tea cup, anchor usn
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$59.
 
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Wardroom Officer
Demitasse Coffee Cup: Fouled Anchor - USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
wardroom officer demitasse coffee cup, anchor usn
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$59.
 
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Navy Wardroom Officer - Limited Production
Bouillon Cup, Two Handled: Fouled Anchor - USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
wardroom officer watchstanding mug, anchor usn
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Very Rare!
 
$149.
 
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SENIOR OFFICER MESS Limited Production Late 1940's to Late 1950's - National Eagle with USN.
This Pattern Was Possibly Made For the Captain's and Admiral's Mess to Replace the WWII era Commissioning Pennant and Flag topmarks
 
navy Senior officer grouping, eagle with usn
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Size
 
Price Each
 
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Senior Officer Mess
9.25-9.75" Dinner Plate: National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer dinner plate, eagle with usn
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10"
 
$150.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
7" Salad Plate: National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer salad plate, eagle with usn
Click Photo
 
7"
 
$69.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
6" Bread-Butter Plate: National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer bread plate, eagle with usn
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6"
 
$59.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
9" Large Soup Bowl: National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer soup bowl, eagle with usn
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9"
 
$150.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
6" Cereal Bowl: National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer cereal bowl, eagle with usn
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6"
 
$89.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
Coffee Cup: National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer coffee cup, eagle with usn
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n/a
 
$79.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
Demitasse Coffee Cup: National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer demitasse coffee cup, eagle with usn
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n/a
 
$59.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
Bouillon Cup: National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer bouillon or broth cup, eagle with usn
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n/a
 
$150.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
Footed Egg Cup (Shenango): National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer footed egg cup cup, eagle with usn, shenango
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n/a
 
$150.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
Egg Cup or Watch Mug (Tepco): National Eagle with USN
Limited Production 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer footed egg cup cup, eagle with usn, tepco
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n/a
 
$199.
 
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Senior Officer Mess
Large Serving Bowl: National Eagle with USN
RARE Limited Production Late 1940s-1950s
 
navy Senior officer serving bowl, eagle with usn
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10"
 
Not For Sale
 
Historical Display Only


 
WARRANT OFFICER WO1, WO2, WO3, WO4 - USN in Diamond Design
 
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Size
 
Price Each
 
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Warrant Officer
Dinner Plate: USN
 
warrant officer dinner plat
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10"
 
$69.
 
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Warrant Officer
Salad Plate: USN
 
warrant officer salad plate
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6"
 
$49.
 
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Warrant Officer
Soup Bowl: USN
 
warrant officer soup bowl
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9"
 
$69.
 
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Warrant Officer
Cereal Bowl: USN
 
warrant officer cereal bowl
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6"
 
$49.
 
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Warrant Officer
Footed Egg Cup: USN
 
warrant officer egg cup
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3.25"
 
$69.
 
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Warrant Officer
Coffee Saucer: USN
 
warrant officer coffee tea saucer
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3.25"
 
$39.
 
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Warrant Officer
Demitasse Coffee Cup: USN
 
warrant officer demitasse coffee cup
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3.25"
 
$39.
 
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Warrant Officer
Demitasse Saucer: USN
 
warrant officer demitasse coffee saucer
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2.25"
 
$29.
 
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Warrant Officer
Handless Watch Standing Mug: USN
 
warrant officer handless watch standing mug
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3.25"
 
$89.
 
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Warrant Officer
RARE! Large Serving Bowl: USN
 
warrant officer serving bowl
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10"
 
$275.
 
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JUNIOR GRADE OFFICER
Ensign or LtJG
Square Knot
 
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Size
 
Price Each
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Dinner Plate: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer dinner plate
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10"
 
$69.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Salad Plate: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer salad plate
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6"
 
$39.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Soup Bowl: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer soup bowl
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9"
 
$59.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Cereal Bowl: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer cereal bowl
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6"
 
$39.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Dinner Coffee Cup: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer Coffee Cup
Click Photo
 
Cup
 
$59.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Saucer, Coffee: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer Coffee or Tea Saucer
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6"
 
$39.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Dinner Coffee 3-Piece Set (Cup, Saucer, Silverplate Spoon): Square Knot
 
junior grade officer Coffee Cup set
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3 Piece Set
 
$125.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Demitasse Coffee Cup: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer Demitasse Coffee Cup
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2"
 
$49.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Demitasse Coffee Saucer: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer Demitasse Coffee Saucer
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4"
 
$39.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Demitasse Coffee 3-Piece Set (Cup, Saucer, Silverplate Spoon): Square Knot
 
junior grade officer Demitasse Coffee Cup set
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3 Piece Set
 
$115.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Watch Mug/Egg Cup: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer watch mug or egg cup
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2.5"
 
$89.
 
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Junior Grade Officer
Large Serving Bowl: Square Knot
 
junior grade officer serving bowl
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10"
 
$275.
 
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REAR ADMIRAL - 2 Stars
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
Dinner Plate
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, dinner plate
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9.5"
 
$159.
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
6.75" Salad or Bread Plate
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, salad plate
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6.5"
 
$119.
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
6.25" Roll and Butter Plate
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, roll butter plate
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6.25"
 
$119.
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
Coffee Cup or Tea Cup
handle hidden behind cup
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, coffee cup or tea cup
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Very Rare
 
$129.
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
RARE! 2 Handle Bouillon Cup
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, RARE Bouillon Cup
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Very Rare
 
$129.
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
Footed Egg Cup or Goblet
 
rear admiral, 2 stars footed egg Cup
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3"
 
$119.
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
Full Size Saucer
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, Full Size Saucer
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Very Rare
 
$79.
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
Demitasse Saucer
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, Demitasse Saucer
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Very Rare
 
$79.
 
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Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
Serving Bowl - Dated 1935
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, serving bowl
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9" Very Rare
 
$295.
 
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RARE! Dated 1941 Silverplated 2 Star Rear Admirals Desktop Cigarette Holder
Museum Quality/Investment Grade Piece. 2 Stars and USN Monogrammed Insignia. Large, 50% Larger Than Either the Captain or Wardroom Officers Cigarette Holder! International Silver Co, Silver Soldered, p/n 01135, 1941 Date Code
 
1941 US Navy rear admirals Desktop Cigarette Holder with 2 Stars and USN topmark insignia
 
2.5"W x 2.5"H
Category 1
 
$295.
 
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VICE ADMIRAL - 3 Stars
 
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Vice Admiral - 3 Stars
WWII Salad Plate
 
vice admiral, 3 stars, salad plate or bread and butter plate
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6.5"
 
$119.
 
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Vice Admiral - 3 Stars
WWII Egg Cup or Watchstanding Mug (foot-less)
 
vice admiral, 3 stars Egg Cup or Watchstanding Mug
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Very Rare
 
$179.
 
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Vice Admiral - 3 Stars - Dated 1929
Cereal Bowl
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, serving bowl
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7" Very Rare
 
$145.
 
Call To Order
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FULL ADMIRAL or FLEET ADMIRAL - 4 Stars
 
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Fleet Admiral or Full Admiral- 4 Stars
WWII RARE! Celery Dish
 
fleet admiral or full admiral, 4 stars celery dish
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8"
 
$179.
 
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4 Star Admiral, Fleet Admiral or Full Admiral
WWII RARE! Demitasse Cup
 
fleet admiral or full admiral, 4 stars demitasse cup
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Very Rare
 
$179.
 
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4 Star Admiral, Fleet Admiral or Full Admiral
Large Coffee Cup, Saucer and Teaspoon
 
fleet admiral or full admiral, 4 stars coffee cup, saucer, spoon
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Very Rare, Ca 1950s
 
$195.
Sold!
 
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Department of The Navy - Navy Seal
 
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Department of Navy
China Dinner Plate: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy china dinner plate
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10"
 
$39.
 
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Department of Navy
Navy Lunch or Salad Plate: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy china lunch plate
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9"
 
$29.
 
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Department of Navy
China Bread Plate: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy china salad plate
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6"
 
$19.
 
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Department of Navy
China Soup Bowl: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy china soup bowl
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9"
 
$39.
 
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Department of Navy
China Cereal Bowl: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy china cereal bowl
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6"
 
$29.
 
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Department of Navy
China Berry Bowl, Side Bowl or Condiment Bowl: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy china berry bowl or side bowl
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4.75"
 
$59.
 
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Department of Navy
Celery Dish, Relish Dish or Condiment: Gold Navy Seal
 
RARE department of navy china celery dish
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8" Oblong
 
$75
 
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Department of Navy
China Coffee Cup, Formal and Informal Occasions: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy informal and formal coffee cup
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WWII era Navy Seal
 
$29.
 
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Department of Navy
China Bouillon Cup - Double Handle: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy double handle china bouillon cup
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WWII era Navy Seal
 
$89.
 
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Department of Navy
Full Size Saucer: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy coffee or tea cup saucer (saucer only)
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WWII era Navy Seal
 
$19.
 
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Department of Navy
Full Size Coffee Cup, Saucer Set: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy coffee or tea cup and saucer set
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WWII era Navy Seal
 
$45.
 
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Department of Navy
Full Size Coffee Cup, Saucer, and Teaspoon Set: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy coffee or tea cup, saucer, teaspoon set
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WWII era Navy Seal
 
$70.
 
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Department of Navy
Demitasse or Expresso Coffee Cup: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy china demitasse or expresso coffee cup (cup only)
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WWII era Seal
 
$39.
 
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Department of Navy
Demitasse Saucer: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy demitasse saucer (saucer only)
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WWII era Seal
 
$19.
 
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Department of Navy
Demitasse Cup and Saucer Set: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy demitasse cup and saucer set (both)
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WWII era Seal
 
$55.
 
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Department of Navy
Demitasse or Expresso Coffee Cup, Saucer, Teaspoon Set: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy china demitasse or expresso coffee cup, saucer, teaspoon set
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WWII era Seal
 
$70.
 
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RARE! Department of Navy
China Double Ended Egg Cup and Wine Goblet: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy double ended egg cup or wine goblet
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WWII era Seal Very Rare
 
$79.
 
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RARE! Department of Navy
Handless Watchstanding Mug w/ Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy handless watchstanding mug
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WWII era Dept of Navy Seal
 
$79.
 
Call To Order
 
Department of Navy
China Single Ended Footed Egg Cup: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy single ended egg cup
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WWI and WWII Seal Hard to Find
 
$79.
 
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RARE Department of Navy
Officers China Small 1/2 Gil WWI U.S. Navy Rum Cup, Double Shot Rum Tot, Liqueur Cup: Gold Navy Seal
VERY RARE - ANOTHER ONE-OF-A-KIND MUSEUM QUALITY PIECE - Stands 2.5" high and 2" across, Bottom marked C.Barth & Son, New York 1918
 
us navy antique officers rum cup or liqueur cup
CLICK PHOTO!
 Used by Senior Officer's or in the Captains Cabin or Admirals Mess
Used after dinner to sip Naval Rum or Liqueurs over cigars. Officers version of the enlisted seamans Navy Rum Tot or Navy Rum Cup or Shot Glass!
 Great White Fleet era Seal  Not For Sale
 
Dept of the Navy - Rear Admiral - 2 Stars
Serving Bowl, Dated 1935
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, serving bowl
Click Photo
 
9" Very Rare
 
$295.
 
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Dept of the Navy - Vice Admiral - 3 Stars - Dated 1929
Cereal Bowl
 
rear admiral, 2 stars, serving bowl
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7" Very Rare
 
$145.
 
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Department of Navy China 5 Piece Placesetting Special: Gold Navy Seal
 
department of navy 5 piece placesetting
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5 Pieces - 1 10" Dinner Plate, 9.5" 1 Soup Bowl, 1 Coffee Cup, 1 Saucer, and 1 6" Bowl OR 6" Salad/Bread Plate
 
$129.
 
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Dept of the Navy 9pc Placesetting Special
10" Dinner, 6" Salad/Roll Plate, 6" Bowl, Coffee Cup and Saucer, Kings Design Dinner Fork, Knife, Soup Spoon, Teaspoon
 
9 Piece Placesetting US Navy Department of Navy Officers Mess China and Silverware
 
Complete 9 piece Placesetting China and Silverware
 
$229.
 
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RARE Hand Glazed Backstamped/Dated 1918 U.S. Navy Department of Navy Serving Dish and Receiving Plate - WWI era
Medium size oblong dishes in perfect condition 8.5" x 5.25" x 1.25" high. - Museum Quality Condition - Has early Department of the Navy Seal - Perfect Gift for a Naval Officer!
 
us navy antique department of the navy receiving plate serving dish
Click Photo! 1918 WWI US Navy Serving Dish or Receiving Plate
 
Used in Senior Officer's Mess
Originally made as a small serving dish but also doubled or re-purposed as a "receiving plate" which was found at the front entrance foyer of the quarters of all Naval Officers so that official visitors can leave their calling card.
 
$125.
 
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 RARE ca 1905 U.S. Navy Lead Crystal Decanter w/ Dept of Navy Seal Great White Fleet - WWI era
Pieces Vary From Everyday Use to Museum Quality Condition and Priced Accordingly! 6" high, holds 12oz - with Etched 1905-era original Department of Navy Seal - Perfect Gift for a Naval Officer
 us navy antique crystal decanter
CLICK PHOTO! for Antique Crystal Decanter
 Used in Senior Officer's Wardroom, Captain's Mess, or 2 Star Admiral's Mess
Used for decanting fine wines or after dinner liqueurs, comes with stopper.
 $195-$395.  Call To Order
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 RARE - Small 1/2 Gil WWI U.S. Navy Cur or Rum Tot, Liqueur Cup or Shot Glass, Department of Navy Seal
VERY RARE - ANOTHER ONE-OF-A-KIND MUSEUM QUALITY PIECE - Stands 2.5" high and 2" across, Bottom marked C.Barth & Son, New York 1918
 us navy antique officers rum cup or liqueur cup
CLICK PHOTO! Wine or Liqueur Decanter
 Used by Senior Officer's or in the Captains Cabin or Admirals Mess
Used after dinner to sip Naval Rum or Liqueurs over cigars. Officers version of the enlisted seamans Navy Rum Tot or Navy Rum Cup or Shot Glass!
 Not For Sale  Call to Order
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 RARE One of a Kind - US Dept of Navy China Cream or Milk Pitcher WWI era
ca 1905-1920's. 8" high, holds 12oz - Perfect Museum Quality Condition with Clear Early 1900's era Department of Navy Seal, Gold Gilt Trim and Handle - Perfect Gift for a Naval Officer
 us navy antique milk or cream pitcher
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 Used in Senior Officer's Wardroom or Captain's Cabin Mess ca 1905-1923. This pitcher is exactly the same as the one below except bottom marked "Lamberton China" which was owned by Maddock China until the early 1920's.  $395.
Discount When Buying Cup, Saucer and Teaspoon Set!
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 RARE One of a Kind DATED 1918! US Dept of Navy China Cream or Milk Pitcher WWI
8" high, holds 12oz - Perfect Museum Quality Condition with Clear Early 1900's era First-Use Department of Navy Seal, Gold Gilt Trim and Handle - Perfect Gift for a Naval Officer
 us navy dept of navy antique milk or cream pitcher dated 1918
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 Used in Senior Officer's Wardroom or Captain's Cabin Mess. Bottom Marked "Mayer China, Made For, Jas M. Shaw & Co. NY" and "James M. Shaw & Co, New York, 1918"  $495.
Discount When Buying Cup, Saucer and Teaspoon Set!
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U.S. Navy-issued China was used for both everyday dining as well as the more formal military "dining-in" ceremonies, and is a handsome vintage and antique nautical dinnerware, incredibly unique as part of our American Military heritage. Best of all it can be used everyday and is the perfect promotion or retirement gift for any active or retired Chief Petty Officer, Warrant Officer, Junior Grade Officer, Captain or Admiral!

It is available for sale now ... and it can be yours by contacting The Pirate's Lair!

Of Special Note: This 60+ year old vintage Navy china tableware was hand crafted, hand glazed, hand dipped, hand stenciled, and they just don't make it like they used to! The perfect nautical gift idea for women.

While rare, some pottery workers even etched personal affectations and notes onto the chinaware! Inscribed on the bottom of some plates and dishes we have found a V for Victory, VE for Victory Europe, VJ for Victory Japan! Along with the geographic location of where the clay was mined, consistency of the clay slip, the type of kiln and pottery firing techniques used at the time, all result in slight character defects and flaws make this type of chinaware even more valuable and sought after than what can be found in the mass-produced markets of today.

Naval chinaware is a handsome masculine yet very elegant industrial-grade antique china dinnerware durable enough to be used as everyday dinnerware yet elegant enough for formal military Navy dining-in occasions! It has a beautiful snow white finish, almost a transluscent glaze, highlighted with rich dark blue stripes and Naval insignia (or "top marks"), such as the traditional Navy fouled anchor, Captain's pennant, Admiral's flag with stars, and the nautical theme square-knot.

>Brief History of U.S. Navy China Tableware

From the late 1800's through mid 1900's the United States Navy commissioned various makers of fine china such as Homer Laughlin, Tepco, Buffalo, Sterling, Mayer, Jackson, Walker, Syracuse, and Shenango to produce complete "soup to nuts" tableware for the U.S. Navy's Officer Corps. This "Navy China" was used extensively during WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam in officer wardrooms, galleys and mess halls aboard all sizes and class of ship, submarine, and shore facility.

The U.S. Navy has traditionally taken good care of its Officer Corps! For sailing the high seas at any time can be a hard and treacherous undertaking as the ocean can be cruel and unforgiving, leaving little margin for error. However going to war aboard a ship, whether large or small, can be a particularly hazardous venture. In recognition of their service, the US Navy provided a certain level of comfort for its sailors, while also preserving traditional military decorum and separation of rank.

This fine Navy China was also used as the official and formal dinnerware of Captains, Admirals, Department and Secretary of the Navy civilian leadership. Most of the Naval China currently available was produced during WW1 and WW2 for use aboard our aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and large support vessels. When these various Navy warships were sent into decommission at the end of WW1 and WW2 many of the officers took home with them the very plates, bowls, cups and dishes which they themselves used while aboard their warship. This Naval China "memorabilia" or Navy Surplus ultimately found its way into attics and cellars safely stored away in boxes and chests until they were re-found, typically in an estate sale. Imagine having a piece of this valuable American history which in all likelihood saw combat action somewhere on the seven seas, and now to be used and celebrated in your home!

Historically, most of the major providers of fine china produced exclusive lines of dinnerware for transcontinental railroads, airlines, passenger ships, major corporations, famous restaurants and hotels, as well as for the United States Navy. This type of fine yet durable china was known in the trade as "restaurantware". Restaurantware in and of itself can be highly collectible as antique china, especially if the producer no longer exists! However Naval China used in the galleys aboard ships by our sailors during times of war is part of our national heritage which makes this type of restaurantware most highly prized. Additionally, restaurantware in general, and certainly Naval China in particular, was made to last for many years, able withstand heavy and harsh industrial use which would normally destroy the glaze and dull the luster of lesser quality and much lighter china that was typically sold to the general public.

Naval China was made to be used by sailors and cooks working in rough and rolling seas in all types of weather. This Naval dinnerware needed to be heavy and durable to withstand the harsh cleansers and environment they were to be used in. This makes them perfect for long and continued home, recreational or industrial use!

A fun anecdotal note regarding the US Navy Tableclothis that when underway aboard a U.S. Navy warship one would find when sitting down to dine that the tablecloth would be slightly damp with sea water! This was a sailor's tradition handed down over the ages from seafarer to seafarer. However as in most traditions at sea it had a practical side as its basis! The "damping of the tablecloth" was to help ensure that the plates, dishes, bowls and cups along with the silverware was kept from "sliding" around the table as the ship pitched and rolled with the waves. The sea salt also helped prevent spilled food and drink from staining the tablecloth! Between the heavy weight of the tableware and the damp tablecloth the seamen could only then be able to eat while underway in moderate to even in heavy seas! This "dampening of the tablecloth" was even practiced at US Navy Shore Installations so as to uphold and continue this unique Naval tradition.

Additionally, the U.S. Navy commissioned various makers of fine linens to produce these exquisite and beautifully designed heavy damask tablecloths and napkins that were made to be heavily used while at sea. The Pirate's Lair now has available these wonderful vintage white damask U.S. Navy tablecloths and antique napkins. They are beautifully embroidered and patterned in a nautical theme with white-on-white designs of eagles, fouled anchors, stars and coiled rope! Click HERE to review these wonderful antique tablecloth and napkin complements to your Naval China and Silverware.

Besides the Naval China, during this same period the Department of the Navy also contracted with leading makers of fine silverware and holloware to produce complete and complimentary placesettings of beautifully designed and engraved silverplated forks, knives, spoons, serving bowls and trays, coffee and tea pots, water pitchers and carving utensils. At The Pirate's Lair we have an extensive line Navy Silverware from the late 1800's to mid 1900's for your review and consideration by clicking here for U.S. Navy Silverware and Naval Flatware, which is the perfect complement to your Naval China!

What the various designs found on the Naval china really signify! Staying within the U.S. Navy's strict officer caste system the Department of the Navy had complete sets of fine china made specifically for the mess hall and officer wardrooms of each officer grade level: a fouled anchor with letters USN for Chief Petty Officers a square knot for Junior Officers, letters USN for Warrant Officers, a streaming pennant with 4 stars for Captains, square flag with 1, 2, 3 or 4 stars for Admirals, and the Navy Seal for the Department of the Navy's civilian and military leadership. Each officer grade was then given this special restaurantware "top mark" or design insignia which was imprinted and made part of the glaze on each piece of china dinnerware.

As an interesting side note, the specific insignia (or top mark), used on the Navy China for each Officer Rank was also used on all of the Naval Silverware and Silverplate eating and serving utensils. Imagine having a complete set of fine nautical themed china dinnerware and silverware matching place settings! Or having each place setting at your table as a different Officer Rank which is available at The Pirate's Lair!

Unfortunately, the U.S. Navy discontinued the time honored tradition of issuing this beautiful antique china in the mid-1960's after the manufacturer's supplies ran out, and it was never replaced, which further makes this fine china a great investment! Currently only small quantities of this fine china can be found. The Pirate's Lair scours the world to obtain the best pieces to be found and makes them available to you.

Ironically, today individual ship commanders and officers of the U.S. Navy now purchase this antique Navy china from The Pirate's Lair for use aboard present-day warships! Sailors today can now use and enjoy the same dinnerware and silverware used by their Naval bretheren of long ago!



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