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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Doric Star - a mystery

At daybreak this morning I carried out a thorough search of Margate main sands as the tide went out. Starting from the high water mark I walked the sands end to end following the tide as it went out. The purpose being to pick up as many ceramic shards before the sea defence work start, just to keep my finds list up to date.
Overall I spent just over two hours on the beach and half filled a large bucket with everything imaginable from pieces of ginger beer bottles to pieces of someones best china.
Everything was most or less what I expected to find except three pieces of broken plate. Two pieces of broken plate bore part of the motif of the GSNC, the General Steam Navigational Company which ran paddle steamer from the Jetty and the Stone Pier which is a unusual find. However, one piece is really interesting as it bears the name "DORIC star CM" and this piece has really got me thinking. Could this be a piece of plate from the Blue Star Line liner Doric Star which met its fate in 1939 at the hands of the Graf Spee in the South Atlantic or could it be part of piece made by the Doric China company.

The jury is out.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

if you search on google, look at this site, there is a mention of doric star cm as a china stamp.
www.postludiet.dk/spisestel%20alt%20andet.html
hope this helps

Tony Beachcomber said...

Annon, thanks, yes, it is Doric Star dinnerware and the pattern matches.
Thanks again.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Doric China Co, China Street, Fenton Staffs.and High Street, Longton. 1924-1935