When the Titanic was being built, Royal Crown Derby was commissioned by the White Star Line to produce china for the Titanic’s First Class a la carte restaurant. To commemorate its 100th anniversary, British porcelain specialist is reproducing the china that was originally created in 1911 for the liner.
Apart from one plate, currently in the safe hands of Southampton Museum, none of the original ware survived the disaster. But, for the first time since 1911 Royal Crown Derby has now put the Titanic range back into full production. And to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic, the bone china manufacturer is holding a Titanic exhibition which starts on February 26th. Organised in collaboration tith White Star Memories, the exhibition is called History on a Plate and brings together a unique showcase of never before seen Titanic artifacts and historical pieces from Royal Crown Derby’s Titanic archives, including the original pattern and a booklet advertising the Titanic and the correspondence between Royal Crown Derby and the ships chandler’s Stonier & Co of Liverpool.
The Titanic range comprises of a full tableware collection featuring the original 1911 green wreath pattern, produced with and without the Ocean Steam Navigation Company (OSNC) monogram. The most expensive of the range is the Titanic Soup Tureen And Cover With Monogram for £850 ($1,360). Limited edition gift boxed items are also available featuring the green wreath design and OSNC monogram, presented with a certificate and reproductions of the original paperwork. [Royal Crown Derby]