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Vintage China from the Titanic

Last year we were lucky enough to meet one of the hand painters from Royal Crown Derby ahead of the launch of their commemorative china for the Titanic Commemorative as part of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sailing and sad demise.

Titanic Vintage China

Built for the White Star Line by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, the Titanic was the largest passenger steamship of its time, setting sail from Southampton on 10th April 1912. To commemorate the anniversary Royal Crown Derby have reproduced the china pattern originally ordered in 1911 and used for the 1st class a’la carte restaurant on board the liner.
The Company Archives have a wealth of information relating to the original order, the pattern and a booklet advertising the Titanic. The Titanic range is an exact copy of the tableware that Royal Crown Derby provided for the ship itself!

Commemorative Brochure Titanic

Its rather wonderful that this 260 year old company is still producing some of the finest porcelain in England today and has faithfully replicated every detail including the original information pamphlet to commemorate the anniversary. As the passenger cruiser the Balmoral follows the route of the Titanic in memory of the original sailing – its very poignant to think of this china being used once again!

Titanic China Royal Crown Derby


Published by annie, on 9th April 2012 at 6:18 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Vintage China from the Titanic

Royal Crown Derby in Dorset

painting Royal Crown DerbyWhat an inspiring morning at Box of Porcelain in Dorchester. Robert and his team invited Royal Crown Derby along to provide demonstrations of hand painting and a sneak preview at the Royal Wedding Commemorative china together with pieces from the Titanic Commemorative ware for next year’s 100th anniversary.

Robert’s fine porcelain shop is always a treasure trove of delights but Saturday’s event was exceptional. I arrived early to snap some photos of Natalie Cornwall-Wilson hand-painting the beautiful Ken Eastman designs (a skill that’s taken her 20 years to perfect) and to find out about the new Titanic range which is an exact copy of the tableware that Royal Crown Derby provided on the ship itself.

Its rather wonderful that this 260 year old company is still producing some of the finest porcelain in England today and has faithfully replicated every detail including the original information pamphlet to commemorate the Titanic anniversary next year. Whilst it is expensive, the Titanic design is perfect for Christmas day so if you’re thinking of pushing the boat out (!) then get in touch with Robert to place an order email rlunn@boxofporcelain.com or ring The Box of Porcelain on 01305 267110

the Titanic porcelain range original brochure printed for the Titanic

As for the Royal Wedding memorabilia – if you’re going to buy anything to celebrate then you may as well make it something that holds its value — and the gold and blue intertwined designs of C & W for Catherine and William are truly lovely. As you can see – its a good job I arrived early – this was a very popular event – and a great source of vintage inspiration

crown derby royal wedding plateA full shop at a Box of Porcelain