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    Talking about steamships tonight got me thinking about a strange little bowl/cup thingy I picked up the other day and I dove in and found it and Googled it just for the heck of it and I think I found something really cool.
    I wish I could post a pic but I am so excited I have to tell you what I think I know so far. The piece is topmarked Steamship Keystone inside one of those belt and buckle circles.
    It is backstamped: Kerr &Co Worcester Royal-Iron-Stone-China Dublin Philadelphia New York with a crest which I am about to show you in the first link and made out of a very heavy dense material I have never come across but which is explained hear in the link:
    http://worcesterporcelainmuseum.org....s1852_1862.pdf

    I also think that this is the steamship that it refers to:http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/s...k/keystn-s.htm

    The dates jive, I am really excited, this could be an obscure Civil War steamship. I can't wait to post a of picture of it.

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    Wow , sounds like quite a find. looking forward to the picture. Where did you find it?

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    Fabulous, Sherri! Can't wait to see the pix!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddygal View Post
    Fabulous, Sherri! Can't wait to see the pix!
    Me too, me too!!!!!

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    Here are some quick pics of my piece. I really must date it before I can proceed but I can't find any one source to do so with this backstamp. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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    Sherri,
    Here is some info on the Keystone Steamship Line.

    http://tinyurl.com/layelx

    And maybe this, showing connection with B&O:

    http://tinyurl.com/nealhe

    OR: if searched as Steamship Keystone:
    http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/s...k/keystn-s.htm
    http://tinyurl.com/kqv2mu

    I hope it's one of those!!!

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    Great bowl ! Having collected steamship china and having pieces from the 1850's thru 1900's . The logo styles and decoration changed thru the years, usually the older pieces ( pre 1870's ) are much more ornate. Very nice piece good luck on research.

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    Neat piece!!

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    Note that the U.S. Navy ship was the Keystone State. There are other Keystone ships out there.
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    I got an answer to my inquiry as to the age of my little bowl from the Worcester Museum in England:

    Dear Sherri,

    Your bowl was made by the Worcester Porcelain Company that was known as Kerr
    & co. during the 1850s. They made a wide range of interesting ornamental
    pieces as well as commissioned items. I don't know anything about the
    Steamship keystone but it should be possible to find out about her history.

    Hope this helps,


    From
    Mrs.Wendy Cook
    Curator

    Worcester Porcelain Museum
    Severn Street
    Worcester
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    Nice! Certainly a museum-quality piece. That's the best find I've ever seen.

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    Wow Sherri: Congratulations! That is a star quality find! So happy for you!
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    Yep!! What Helen & Carol said: Congrats Sherri!!

    And, THANKS for sharing the info!
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    WTG, Sherri! What a fantastic find

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    I was completely surprised that I got a reply. Their website stated that they get thousands of requests for information and that they are only able to answer individual porcelain enquiries from "Friends of the Museum".

    Now that I have confirmation of the age I am still struggling to ID the Keystone. I have latched onto a steamer out of New South Wales,Australia as one hope and I PM'd Richard Milne to see if he could oblige me with a few local inquiries.

    I love doing this. I bet we all have at least one piece that drives us mad with curiosity. Funny thing, isn't it Jackie that has a piece that has the Pennsylvania keystone on it that may be early RR? We could be the Keystone Cops!

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