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Proof of Provenance for SpanAm War and Great White Fleet era US Navy Enlisted Metal Enamelware or Galleyware - White Porcelain Body with Dark Blue Striping and Initials USN - Came in Plates, Bowls and Cups - 100% Dated Use Between 1890's to 1910-1920 - Dated Enlisted Mess Deck Photographs of USS Olympia and Dated Plates and Cups.


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us navy enlisted enamelware with initials usn 3 piece set consisted of a plate, bowl and cup with metal tab

Sailor served aboard the USS Buffalo Washing Dishes ca 1890's Note the Enamelware Plates and Cups
Note the photo to the left which shows ca 1890-1910 enlisted sailors washing enamelware plates and cups! Also note the M1860 Naval cutlasses placed in a fan ready for use up against the bulkhead!

The sailor whose photo appears on the inside of the cup has had painted his 4 year enlistment dates on the plate 1903-1907. The cup is fixed onto the plate with some sort of glue or adhesive. The rear of the plate has some old glue which may indicate that this plate and bowl were stuck up on a wall.

It is more than quite possible that this plate/cup was hung on the wall of his mother honoring his memory, his service, or both!

While the sailor's name and complete service has been lost to history, quite possibly he sailed on The Great White Fleet cruise around the world, the ribbon on his flat hat reads "USS Buffalo". As such we know that he served aboard that ship for at least part of his 4 year enlistment.

Enlisted Sailors at their Berthing Mess Aboard USS Olympia ca mid 1890's using Enamelware Plates, Cups and Bowls
Above photo shows enlisted sailors in the berthing crews mess aboard the USS Olympia ca mid 1890's SpamAm War era using the enamelware plates, cups and bowls. Note also the hanging table which could easily be stored away after meals or even used as a makeshift operating table.

Lalance & Grosjean Manufacturing Co Backstamp or Makers Mark on Metal Graniteware US Navy Enlisted Mess Bowl or Cup Lalance & Grosjean Manufacturing Co Backstamp or Makers Mark on enlisted cup and plate ca 1898-1910

Note that most of these enamelware plates, cups and bowls made for the US Navy ca 1880s-1900's are not bottom marked as to manufacturer. However most recently we were able to obtain a US Navy enamelware bowl which was backmarked "L&G Mfr Co". This was the late 19th century trademark used by the "Lalance & Grosjean Manufacturing Company" which was famouse for its enamelware and kitchen items going back to the days of the Civil War.

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 US Navy Enlisted Mess Plate 1880's to early 1900's
Large USN glazed onto the Top Rim, White Porcelain on Metal Plate (Graniteware or Porcelainware)
 Navy Enlisted Mess Deck White Porcelain on Metal Graniteware Plate
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 Matching Set with Bowl or Cup Shown Below. Standard Enlisted Dining Plate used for all Meals from the 1880's, SpanAm War, Great White Fleet and very early WWI era's. No bottom marks. Various pieces in stock, some very good conditon while others have varying levels of wear and use and priced accordingly. Most have some chips or enamel worn off. All have USN clearly displayed.  $99. - $159.  Call To Order
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 US Navy Enlisted Mess Bowl or Cup 1880's to early 1900's
Large USN glazed onto the side of the White Porcelain on Metal Bowl or Cup (Graniteware or Porcelainware). Some have Metal Tabs with Holes Soldered Onto the Top Rim for Stacking on Poles Allowing For Stability Aboard Ship During Heavy Seas.
 Navy Enlisted Mess Deck White Porcelain on Metal Graniteware Bowl or Cup
CLICK PHOTO! US Navy 1880s SpanAm War Enamelware Mess Bowl and Cup. Cup has metal tab while bowl does not. Cups are more expensive.
 Plate, Cup and Bowl Are a Matching Set with Plate as Shown Above. Standard Enlisted Dining Plate used for all Meals from the 1880's, SpanAm War, Great White Fleet and very early WWI era's. No bottom marks. Various pieces in stock, some very good conditon while others have varying levels of wear and use and priced accordingly. Most have some chips or enamel worn off. All have USN clearly displayed.  $195-$225.  Call To Order
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Click Here for a link to other period 1890-1920 Photographs of Enlisted mess decks and galleys which illustrate the above enlisted mess plates, bowls and cups as well as other dinnerware of the time!

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