Thursday 21st November 2019 - House & Son Auctioneers
This very rare piece of nautical history will be going under the hammer on November 26th. Find out more here...
An extremely rare survivor of the pioneering days of iron ship building will be offered for sale at House and Son Auctioneers of the Lansdowne in Bournemouth on Tuesday 26 November.
An ironstone china soup bowl from the saloon of the S S Great Britain, known as 'the ship that changed the world', will be going 'under the hammer' at the Bournemouth salerooms. It is believed to be the only one to have come to auction in recent years and possibly ever. A matching example is in the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The SS Great Britain was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was launched in Bristol in 1843 as the fastest, largest and most efficient ship ever built and where it is now preserved.
The bowl was made by J Stonier in Liverpool who made shipping china for all the great ships and liners of the 19th and 20th century including the Titanic.
Plainly decorated with a Royal Coat of Arms in blue, the ship's name and the motto 'Dieu et Mon Droit' with the word 'Saloon' below, the plate which does show some signs of wear and use, is estimated at £100-£200.