Red Star Line ships, with their distinctive, white-banded black funnels decorated with a five-pointed red star, were familiar sights on the Atlantic Sea lanes from 1871 to 1935. During these years, the company’s fleet of 30 ships carried more than two million passengers, many of them immigrants, between European ports of call such as Antwerp, Liverpool and Southampton and New York and Philadelphia in the United States. Albert Einstein was a regular passenger and his resignation letter to the Prussian Academy of Sciences when he left Germany for good was written en route in 1932 on Red Line letterhead. It can be seen in the museum in Antwerp dedicated to the history of the Line. Our stoneware plate, from a place setting of breakfast or luncheon ware, was manufactured by Stoners & Co. Ltd. in Liverpool, UK. Stoners & Co. provided china to the White Star Line as well and this pattern with the colors of the star and flag reversed also sailed on the Titanic. Like much from the early days of the great age of transatlantic liners, our example is a lucky survivor of many crossings and, perhaps, active service in WWI. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: 9.5" diam.