The first set ever to be shipped to the United States bore the coat of arms of "The Order of Cincinnati". The service was ordered by Samuel Shaw, supercargo of the first American ship to reach Guangzhou in 1784 on behalf of General Henry Knox. The ship was named appropriately the "Empress of China". The service was brought to the United States the following year in 1785 aboard the "Pallas". Upon it's arrival, George Washington as a member of the "Order of Cincinnati" purchased several pieces for his own collection. Yes, Washington collected fine porcelain.
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