The Mystery

When you regularly serve 9-11 course meals, it naturally requires a healthy quantity of china to properly accommodate that kind of meal because various types of tableware are always coming and going. And if you’re serving a discerning crowd of people used to getting what they want, then there will be no sympathy for not having more than what you need. Titanic was no exception.

Common sense tells us a restaurant would not only need enough china for the meal itself, but extra ware for storage and even some for possible breakage along a voyage across the sea. Thousands of pieces were ordered for other levels of Titanic but only 190 pieces of this particular pattern. And because its luxurious appearance was clearly the most regal of china patterns aboard, simple math tells us just a few passengers could have ever eaten from this at one time.

The Likely suspects – who were those privileged few?

Captain Smith:

Whether dining alone or with guests, Captain Smith was known for his quiet extravagance and it would be easily thought to see it in use at his table. Even the night Titanic sank, a private party was held in Captain Smith’s honor as this maiden voyage was scheduled to be his retirement party and a ‘reserve’ china would have been the perfect opportunity to create a uniquely special setting for his event.

John Jacob Astor :

After a well-publicized divorce and quick re-marriage to an 18 year old woman, the richest man in the world was finally re-emerging into society aboard Titanic. A hounding press and public scorn had forced an extended, year-long, globe-trotting honeymoon to hopefully cool the media interest, and private parties aboard the ship would have been the perfect way to introduce his pregnant bride to supporting friends and colleagues.

When you consider the collective wealth of Titanic’s passengers literally accounted for 2% of the worlds wealth at the time, other possible names instantly come to mind like Molly Brown of the Guggenheims or Isador and Ida Strauss of the Macy’s department store fame. Any of these power people easily fit the profile for something privately special, but we’ll never know.

What we do know is that now you get to select who eats from this special setting at your table and join one of the world’s smallest groups of people privileged to dine from it.

Take your place – it’s time for dinner.

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The Mystery
When you regularly serve 9-11 course meals, it naturally requires a healthy quantity of china to properly serve that kind of meal because various types of tableware are always coming and going. And if you're serving a discerning crowd of people used to getting what they want, then there will be no sympathy for not having more than what you need. Titanic was no exception.
Who Is Happy
25 years ago, Happy Bailey started a small china company in Austin, Texas and didn’t make squat. Embarrassingly enough, that sore thumb stuck out for several years until a life changing event forced a refocusing of vision on the business.
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