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The Millionaire's Service

White Star Line blue and gilt dessert porcelain dinner service

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The Titanic and her sister ship the Olympic featured a special cobalt blue and gilt dinner service, popularly known as "The Millionaire's Service."

Created by Spode, the service was made of porcelain with a blue and white glaze and lavish gilt decoration. 

Typically the elements of the service bear the OSNC (Oceanic Steam Navigation Company) motif, and a red stamp reading "White Star Line."

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At present it is unknown whether these were used in a particular dining saloon or restaurant, or for some other use but examples have been recovered from the Titanic wreck site. 

Spode Plate

Spode dessert plate to be sold

A rare example of a 9in dessert dessert plate (R4331) and a smaller saucer (R4332), both dating from 1911, was sold at the Titanic, White Star and Ocean Liner auction at Henry Aldridge & Son on 19th November 2022.  The dessert plate had an estimate of £10,000-£15,000.

Henry Aldridge & Son

Acknowledgements

Photos Courtesy of Henry Aldridge & Son

Bibliography

John P. Eaton & Charles A. Haas (1994) Titanic: Triumph & Tragedy, Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1 85260 493 X
Bruce Beveridge et al. (2008) Titanic: The Ship Magnificent, The History Press.ISBN 9 780752 446 264/066

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