It is about time that I am dedicating more attention to my growing Cunard chinaware, cutlery and silverware collection. I have purchased but also been given quite a few pieces by friends who know about my passion but I have yet to identify and categorize the pieces properly. My favourite patterns are the Foley Bone China square pattern from the Queen Mary, the ‘Birds of Paradise’ pattern from Acquitania and the ‘Snowflake’ pattern which was used on QE2 in the 70s. I am using everything, the plates, cups, knifes, forks, wine glasses, napkins etc, some items are for daily use, others I keep for ‘occasions’. The way I look at my collection is that every item had a purpose on the ships, and there is no reason why I should ban them in a display cabinet were they are of little use and only attract dust. I hate dusting!
Today is as good a day to start this little investigative project, and I picked a more recent pattern which was manufactured for Cunard by Wedgwood. It was used on the QE2. Compared to some of the older patterns it looks like ‘staple ware’ for the hotel industry. Good for daily use!
I hope there are some knowledgeable experts reading this post who can help answer the following question:
- When was this pattern introduced and how long was it in service?
- How many pieces does it include, what kind of plates, cups, accessories?
- In which of the QE2 restaurants was this pattern used?
- Was it exclusively manufactured for the QE2?
- Was it given a name?
If you have some information about this Wedgwood pattern, I would be grateful if you left a comment or emailed me at firstname.lastname@example.org.