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Early 1900s Serving Dish or Compote Produced and Used Expressly for the Secretary of the Navy appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt! The Topmark on this Piece Consists of the SecNavs Blue Flag with Centered White Anchor and 4 Stars crossed with a 45 Star Union Jack and monogram initials "USN" in the pre-WWI Font and Pitch.

Due to the varied SecNavs that President Roosevelt appointed during the period between 1901-1915 (when this piece was made) it is unclear as to who or whom actually used this china set. Since this china set was made specifically for the "Secretary of the Navy" and not for an individual it was most likely used by all of the appointments.

This is not restaurantware grade dinnerware but a fantastic exquisite, handomely elegant early 20th century porcelain china compote serving bowl or dish produced by Theodore Haviland, Limoges, France; imported and distributed by Higgins & Setters of New York, dated 190? who were the government contractors.


Antique USN secretary of the Navy serving dish or compote

The photo above provides an excellent illustration of this VERY RARE official china piece made specifically for the US Navys Secretary of the Navy appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt!

Antique USN secretary of the Navy serving dish or compote

The photo above provides provenance of this piece. Produced by the worlds leading fine china producer Theodore Haviland of Limoges, France and apparently imported and sold to the US Navy by "Higgins & Setters, New York, October 25, 1915". As can be seen the last digit of the date is missing due to the curvature of the dish. Additionally, "Higgins & Setters" were well known distributors of high-end dinnerware and had many of their patterns produced by Haviland of Limoges, France due to the intrinsic quality associated with "Limoges China"

RAREST of the RARE! Early 1900s US Navy Compote Serving Bowl or Dish on Pedestal - Great White Fleet Era! This rare piece and limited pattern was made specifically for the Secretary of the Navy ca 1900-1915 per the represented blue flag with centered anchor and 4 stars in each corner.
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4.25" high and 8" wide. Used in the Secretary of the Navy's Private and Formal Mess. Manufacturer backstamped "Theodore Haviland, Limoges, France" and "Higgins & Setters, New York, October 25 1915" as the importers.
Folks, it doesn't get any more rarer than this!

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