A lovely piece of silver manufactured by Richard Comyns for the Cunard Line. The history of the "Armada dish" can be found online - briefly: silver taken from the Spanish Armada was used to produce a banquetry service for a British nobleman circa 1581-1601. This item is a faithful replica of one of the pieces, including the staggered hallmarks that were a characteristic thereof. The diameter and shape of the bowl will accommodate a wine bottle (doubtless its intended purpose). This example in fine condition, bearing the date mark for 1965 and weighing 4.4 oz. Cunard produced exceptional mementos for the Caronia, known for her around-the-world cruises (and deep-pocketed passengers)! These silver dishes are sought-after.
The brand new RMS Caronia made her maiden voyage on 4 January 1949 between Southampton and New York.
Provenance: Ex. Barbara Dawkins collection, Mayfair, London, UK. Barbara was companion to one of the Schroder family, who settled in London and founded the investment bank Schroders. She travelled all over the world during the 1950's and 1960's, often on the great liners like the Queen Mary 1 and Queen Elizabeth 1. She purchased antiques and curios during her travels which have passed by descent, in this case to her niece.
The brand new RMS Caronia made her maiden voyage on 4 January 1949 between Southampton and New York. Two more transatlantic crossings followed before the ship embarked on her first cruises from New York to the Caribbean. During her first years she spent most of the year on transatlantic crossings; only during the winter was she engaged in cruising. In 1951 she made her first world cruise. From 1952 onwards she made transatlantic crossings only in August and September, with the rest of the year dedicated to cruising; during one such cruise, she ran aground in Egypt on 12 March 1952 while transiting the Suez Canal. In May 1953 the Caronia made what was perhaps her most famous cruise, associated with the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II (who had christened the Caronia six years earlier). The ship was used as a hotel, as most of the accommodation in the United Kingdom was fully booked.
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