Exceptionally rare 'Delft Blue' dinner / soup bowl (circa 1880-early 1900's). Measures approx. 10" across. This piece was made by Mintons, the same manufacturer that was contracted by White Star Line, to make several of Titanic's & her sister ship's (Olympic & Britannic) exclusive china. It is the exact same pattern, used on 2nd Class (White Star Line) china, with the urn in the center being replaced by the White Star Line burgee. The Delft Blue 2nd Class china is exceptionally rare, since very few original pieces survive. Most common are 1st Class pieces, of original origin (Olympic or otherwise). 2nd Class china wasn't as abundant as 1st Class or 3rd Class china, thus the scarcity of the pieces. Due to this scarcity, only earlier pieces, like this, can come close to being as authentic, as might be found otherwise. Eventhough the White Star Line burgee is absent, the pattern, the maker & the period are correct. Now that the centennial of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic has occurred (April 2012), these pieces will only grow in value, from collector demand. Only one like this that I've seen, in a long time!