Mintons Demi-Tasse Cup and Saucer, Pre-World War IItem Number: 58051 Sold
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Pre-WWI bone-china demi-tasse cup and saucer as used on board the Lusitania and Mauretania. Made by Mintons and in mint condition. See the archival for them in use on board Lusitania.
As an aside, I was talking to a customer of mine a few months ago, and he told me that when he was a tour guide on the Queen Mary in the early 1980’s, he was given a tour of the forward storage areas. One of the rooms he was shown was where all the remaining china and crystal on board was kept. He was shown a crate that was full of these cups and saucers in the original packing material. They were mint and had never been used. It seems that, when Cunard sold the Mary, a lot of the Cunard’s surplus inventory was put on board simply to get rid of it. I’ve never seen any photos showing this pattern in use on board any Cunard ship after World War I. It just goes to show that Cunard *never* threw things away….