King Edward VII, c-1901, superb super fine quality crystal caviar decanter/server, complete with matching liner, from the offical state dinner service, from the Kings very own yacht, the HMY 'Victoria & Albert III', most likely produced by the famous firm of Stuart Crystal.
In a matching pattern to the china service used onboard, the famous apple green and gold pattern first designed for the Prince of Wales yacht, HMY 'Osborne' in the 1890's, later the pattern was adopted for the main yacht.
The decoration features a repeating design of two garter devices, one the Kings cypher, the other a royal navy fouled anchor and the yachts name, all of which was hand wheel cut, acid etched and hand engraved. This china pattern was in use all the way up until the final days of Britannia in 1997, they still had ceramic fruit comports used regularly at state dinners in this pattern. An identicle plate in this same pattern can also still be seen within the britannia in leith, scotland in the officers mess. A dinner plate in this pattern on display onboard today was presented to the then new Britannia in 1953 by a retiring Royal Yacht officer from the V&A III.
Used onboard the famous yacht for offical state dinners that would have featured the cream of world society, including all the major royal familes of the world including our own. The German Kaiser so admired this particular service whilst dining on the yacht during Cowes Week he had it copied for his own yacht.
Royal Yacht china is very rare and rarerly comes onto the market. All Royal Yacht china is for the most part held by the crown. It only ever comes onto the market if its gifted by a member of the Royal Family or disposed of if its damaged or broken. The majority of the Royal Yacht service was kept by the Queen after Britannia was decomissioned in 1997. It was transfered to Frogmore on the Windsor Estate along with other fixtures and fittings from the yacht. Its used at Frogmore in a dinning room fully equiped with furniture from the yacht. The Duke of Edinburgh regulary hold dinners or events within the room to support his charities.
This example came from a collection of Royal Yacht china gifted to an ex Royal Yacht crew member.
10.5" x 7" x 4".
A thing of true beauty.