19th Century Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Ship’s Wash Basin
The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company was a British shipping company founded in London in 1839 by a Scot, James MacQueen
Queen Victoria granted the initial Royal Charter of Incorporation of “The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company” on 26 September 1839. In 1840 the Admiralty and the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company made a contract in which the latter agreed to provide a fleet of not fewer than 14 steam ships for the purpose of carrying all Her Majesty’s mails, to sail twice every month to Barbados in the West Indies from Southampton or Falmouth.
After good and bad times it became the largest shipping group in the world in 1927 when it took over the White Star Line
The basin has the Royal Warrant mark inside the bowl of the basin, with blue rings around the rim and half way down the bowl
The makers mark of G L Ashworth & Bros, Hanley is on the underside of the basin. It comes complete with its plug
A superb ocean liner collectable , in very good condition with no cracks or dings
32cm 12.5in Widest at rim
13cm 5.25in Height
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