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This page is intended to showcase some of the most important and impressive ocean liner memorabilia items Luxury Liner Row has offered over the years.

If you have items from the great luxury liners for sale please contact us however these items have sold and are NOT available for sale!


A stunning Art Deco card table from the Queen Mary’s second-class lounge.  It is super lovely with amazing veneers.  The black formica top is original and flips over to a baize covering for playing cards.  It measures about 28.5″ square x 29″ tall.  The condition is very good although it… read more ›

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One of the most collectible items ever made for the Queen Mary.  A Chad Valley take-to-pieces model.  As you can see from the photo, each deck pivots revealing a detailed color-coded deck plan, handily numbered for use with its corresponding key chart, which is included along with the original box. … read more ›

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This tea-cup saucer was brought up from the wreck of the “Mt. Everest of ship diving,” the ss Andrea Doria.  In the famous “chinoise” (or Chinese) pattern.  Measures about 4.75″ across.  With some staining from its time on the bottom of the North Atlantic, the saucer has a chip out… read more ›

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The famous Carlton China Company made all manner of high-quality bone-china post-sinking souvenirs for the RMS Titanic and RMS Lusitania disasters.  Many in the shapes of ancient Roman pottery that had been found in Great Britain.  These pieces were made to be collectible, and they are very sought after today. … read more ›

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Highly sought-after mid-century standing ashtray from the famous ss United States.  It is so 1952, isn’t it?  I really love it and am proud to put be able to offer it on Luxury Liner Row.  Just think of all the famous people who sailed on her.  It is possible John… read more ›

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A superb mahogany waste basket from the SS Queen Mary.  Marked on the base “Queen Mary Officers & Engineers, Gregory & Co, Bruton St Ltd, London W1” thus we know exactly where it came from on board.  It is done in a lovely mahogany veneer that in the right light… read more ›

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Cute 1:1250 scale waterline model by Bassett-Lowke of the world famous RMS Queen Mary.  Happily still sporting its maker’s label on the underside and the original blue wooden base with the original cover.  It measures about  13¼” x 5½”. In very good condition with the original metal masts, paint job,… read more ›

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An amazing table from the second-class Smoking Room of the RMS Queen Mary.   Black base with German silver trimmed surmounted by a fluted column base and topped with a black top. Stands about 1.5′ tall.  Recently reconditioned.

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During my recent travels, I found a book that is one of those items that makes you say “wow”!  It is a testimonial book about a silver service presented to Thomas Ismay (who founded White Star) as a thank you from the shareholders of White Star for his outstanding handling… read more ›

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One of the finest (and rarest) items I have ever offered for sale.  A first-class dining room chair from Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic, still in the original green upholstery.  Think of all the famous people that have seen this chair, including Captain Smith, Bruce Ismay, as well as Vanderbilts and… read more ›

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Fascinating “you are here” map from Queen Elizabeth 2’s aft staircase on 2 deck.  Own a visually impressive part of your favorite liner.  I believe this dates to before her 1994 refit because of the Caronia Restaurant being labeled still as Columbia.  In very good condition and made of a… read more ›

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Much sought-after pocket watch case recovered from the wreck of the famous Cunard liner SS Lusitania in 1982.  These are getting tough to find for a reasonable price; so little more needs to be said.  If you want something that was there that fateful day 100 years ago, this is… read more ›

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Extremely rare and, I might add, quite lovely comforter with a butterfly motive from the ss United States.  What makes this one especially important is it is the bedspread from the Duck Suite.  Even better, I have both from this cabin.  If you don’t believe the apocryphal story about the… read more ›

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Super-rare staircase sign from Caronia.  It could quite possibly be this exact sign shown in the archival on board.  See the archival on the Queen Mary for a similar sign as well.  I know of only two staircase signs that still exist, and the other is in my private collection. … read more ›

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Stunning pair of Cunard candle sticks dating to the 19th century.  They are made by Elkington Plate and date to 1870!  They are almost certainly from one of the following ships, which all came out in that year: Abyssinia, Algeria, Parthia, or Batavia. They have their original silver plate and… read more ›

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A superb invitation to the launch of Cunard’s 534.  About 600 of these were printed at a cost of £179.6.11  After years of delays because of the Depression, the Queen Mary was finally launched on September 26, 1934, at 3:15 pm, in the presence of Their Majesties King George V… read more ›

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One of the finest brochures ever created for CGT’s only four stacker.  38 on-board photos, interior and exterior, most of which I haven’t seen before.  They are amazing, almost startlingly, clear.  Examples of the photos include your typical public rooms but there are also shots of the bridge, turbine starting… read more ›

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Launched by Mary, Lady Inverclyde, in June, 1906, Lusitania set new standards for speed, size, and luxury on the Atlantic.  But then you knew all that!  Cunard and John Brown went all out for Lusitania’s launch.  They produced a beautiful launch invitation and put on quite a special luncheon, splitting… read more ›

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An exquisite first-class toast rack from the pattern used in the first-class dining room on Olympic and Titanic.  A crushed, identical version of this toast rack was recovered in dives to Titanic back in 2000.  I really like the five pointed star on each foot.  Quite a nice effect.  This… read more ›

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Many of you have heard the rumor that Olympic’s wheelhouse is being used as a potting shed somewhere in the U.K. or that a collector has the clock from Honor and Glory and jealously guards his treasure.  Perhaps you have also heard the story that Olympic’s swimming pool tiles were… read more ›

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One of the most beautiful pattern of steamship china you can find.  This tea cup and saucer is made by Mintons and was used on board Cunarders before the first world war.  Cunard really splashed out and spent a lot of money on this china because it’s hand-painted bone china… read more ›

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One of the hardest-to-find pieces salvaged from the Empress that you’ll probably ever see.  Standing about 2″ tall, this creamer was recovered before Canada put a heritage order on the wreck prohibiting anything from being removed.  In very good condition with some crazing.

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This deck plan is in all likelihood the nicest item I have ever had on the site.  Tissue deck plans for Olympic are VERY tough to come by, especially one in top-notch condition and a pre-war example to boot.  I have seen very few over the years.  Even tissue plans… read more ›

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China salvaged from the Empress of Ireland is ubiquitous, but her crystal is much harder to find, especially in one piece and with a logo.  One diver told me that he’s recovered at least one piece of crystal from the wreck with no logo at all.  A slight haze to… read more ›

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This coffee cup was salvaged from the flattened wreck of Cunard’s Oregon.  The Oregon was the speed holder of her day and had been purchased from the financially strapped Guion Line just two years before she sank.  Divers have discovered both Cunard and Guion line china at the wreck site. … read more ›

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Dating to the 1880’s, this rare soup bowl is a tough pattern to acquire.  Proof that the pattern dates to the 1880’s lies in the fact that numerous examples of it have been recovered from the sunken Cunarder Oregon which foundered off Fire Island in 1886.

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This silver soup tureen was made by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths in 1911 for use in the à la carte restaurant on board Olympic.  It seems that this exclusive and very well-made pattern of silver was used only on Olympic and Titanic.  The silver is of a heavy gauge and not… read more ›

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When the American Line took over Inman, it also took over Inman’s china pattern; thus we see examples of the china marked “American Line” and “Inman Line.”  This 1890’s pattern was used on all of their ships, including the St. Louis, St. Paul, New York, and Paris.  A lovely pattern… read more ›

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Great presentation book given to VIP’s who attended the launch of the first Mauretania at Swan Hunter’s yard on September 20, 1906.  One has to wonder whose copy this was.  Measures about 21″ x 16″ and contains four very large, crystal-clear photos of VIP’s inspecting some of the machinery on… read more ›

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I’m proud to offer yet another of the rarest Cunard china items that can be found.  This exceptionally rare platter in the “Sea Shell” pattern dates to the late 1870’s and straddles the time between when Cunard was privately held and became a publicly traded company in 1878.  Versions of… read more ›

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Exquisite and highly sought-after fine-bone china demi-tasse cup and saucer.  Commonly held opinion says that these are from the Grill Room of the Europa.  I’m not so sure about that since there is no photographic evidence, but they are lovely either way.  They come in two colors, maroon and and… read more ›

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Fantastic brass bell made from metal salvaged from the second Mauretania at the time of her scrapping late in 1965.  Here is your chance to own a piece of her.  Cunard saved little from their ships sent to the scrap heap in the 1960’s.  Which is sad considering what a… read more ›

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The brown-on-brown pattern is one of the most confusing patterns White Star ever produced.  Where exactly was it used?  Why have we not seen dinner plates?  White Star researchers can’t seem to agree.  One of the rarest pieces of White Star china I have offered.  Identical to its turquoise and… read more ›

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Extremely rare pre-maiden voyage brochure for HAPAG’s latest and greatest triumph, the Imperator.  20 pages with 24 images, including a photo of the Kaiser on the launch platform with the bottle breaking across the bow, the launch, the liner afloat for the first time, 17 (yes, 17!) interior renderings, and… read more ›

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Exquisitely carved French walnut moulding from the first-class staircase of the Mauretania.  Still in its original finish just like it was taken off the ship.  Marked on the back in carpenters pencil “Boat Deck.” Archival photo from the Eric Longo Collection. 

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At some point around the end of the first world war, someone had the bright idea to change the all-white life rings to a two-tone of red and white for better visibility at sea.  The only other example I have seen of a life ring for her is at the… read more ›

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I’m proud to offer one of the rarest Cunard china items I’ve ever had on the site.  Exceptionally rare platter in the earliest verified Cunard pattern.   This dates to the 1840’s or 1850’s.  Back marked “British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packets,” which was the official corporate name for… read more ›

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Collecting 19th century Cunard china would highlight any display cabinet.  This large serving pitcher only serves to highlight that rule.  Dates from the 1850’s or 1860’s.  Considering how small the ships at that time were it’s amazing any serving pieces survive at all.  Measuring a foot tall this is the… read more ›

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Super rare Cadbury candy tin for Mauretania with a fairly accurate full-color portrait of the ship.  No, there is no candy in it!  The condition of the portrait is very good with only slight crazing and a couple of slight scratches.  The tin itself is almost completely free of rust. … read more ›

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Highly sought-after aluminum stateroom vase from the s.s. United States.  Stands 13½” tall and is 7″ in diameter at the mouth.  Cabin number U-73 (first class) written on bottom in pen.  See archival photo for one in use on board.  Typically, the vase has a few dings and a small… read more ›

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Scarce turquoise-and-brown creamer.  Stands about 3″ tall and is in excellent condition.  One of the hardest pieces of this pattern to find and one of those types of items that sets a White Star china collection apart.  A beautiful little piece!  Curiously in 20 years of collecting, I have never… read more ›

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As befitted the flag ship of America’s merchant marine, the decoration aboard the United States was very patriotic.  Among the examples, was a series of 50 medallions by Gwen Lux, each medallion representing a state of the union.  The trend in decoration on board the United States was very “futuristic,”… read more ›

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I’m pleased to be able to offer this life jacket from France’s greatest liner.  Canvas over cork with “Normandie,” “Le Havre,” and the number “56” stenciled in black.  What appears to be a maker’s mark stamped on it.  All the ties and buckles in very good condition.  Some very slight… read more ›

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It is often tough as a dealer as well as a collector to decide what to keep and what to sell.  The  rarity of this Aquitania cigarette box makes me want to keep it.  On the other hand, it is fun to update the site with rare and interesting items. … read more ›

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There’s silver, and then there’s silver.  This immense champagne bucket and stand was designed with a heavy base to keep it upright in rough seas.  Together these pieces measure over 18” tall.  The bucket is 8” in diameter at the upper rim and 9½” tall.  The stand is 13” tall. … read more ›

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Here’s your chance to own a museum-quality item!  A letter written on board the Lusitania’s last aborted voyage by second-class passenger Elsie Hardy, detailing her daily activities.  Saved from the sinking, this letter has some interesting and specific details about the last crossing.  For example, she discusses boarding the liner,… read more ›

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Beautifully patterned linoleum floor tiles in alternating shades of green and cream as used in first-, second-, third-class, and crew areas of the Olympic. Archival photographs of the liner’s interior show these tiles in use in the barber shop and other public areas. Tiles of this identical pattern have been… read more ›

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Ladies and gentlemen, one of those items that really sets a collection apart.  A spectacular invitation to her launch.  This sports not one, but two, pieces of art by Norman Wilkinson, one on the cover of the ship on the ways and one in full color on the inside.  Made… read more ›

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Produced by White Star for use in travel agents’ offices, this hard-bound travel agency counter book is the best brochure ever produced for Olympic.  Counting this particular copy, I know of only two examples of this book, and this copy is in much better condition than the other one I… read more ›

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And now ladies and gentlemen, for one of you, take a look at the new centerpiece of your collection!  Olympic’s brass starboard running light. Purchased at the 1935 Olympic auction, this light found a home at the Marquis of Granby Hotel in Lincolnshire, England.  There it remained in a place… read more ›

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WOW!  Amazingly hard-to-find deck plan for Cunard’s famous Carpathia, dated September, 1908, and listed as a “cabin plan.”  Looking at the plan, it appears that first and second class were combined into one at some point, perhaps when she was put on the Hungarian service. Carpathia was a small ship,… read more ›

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The word “rare” does not do this brochure justice.  I am proud to be able to offer such an outstanding piece of White Star history to you. 16-page full-color pre-war brochure for this most famous of White Star liners.  13 full-color images, one to a page, and one double-page spread. … read more ›

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Several years ago, I had a number of sets of bookends made out of decking from the Olympic.  Each pair of bookends is identical in design although they are slightly different in size and of course, the graining is different because five three-foot lengths of decking were used to make… read more ›

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What an amazing piece of history!  A table from the first-class Ballroom of the ss United States.  Fully marked on the bottom with a metal strip giving its location on the vessel.  Gold-colored legs with a glass top, the underside of which had been painted black.  Because of the age… read more ›

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A first-class cabin chair from Sports Deck Cabin “B” on the ss United States.  Still in its original ship-board upholstery, which is in excellent condition and has been professionally cleaned.  This is one of the cabin chairs that escaped the reupholstering in the late 1960’s when the company was having… read more ›

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A beautiful side plate from the Club Leviathan.  Very few pieces turn up of this hard-to-find pattern because it was only used in the Club Leviathan and only for a few years.  Made by Kniffin and Demarest, Co., the plate measures 6¼” in diameter.  In mint condition with no chips,… read more ›

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I am pleased to offer for the first time here on Luxury Liner Row an exceptionally rare sterling silver VIP medal for Normandie’s maiden voyage. Unlike the more commonly seen bronze medal, these were only given out on the liner’s first trip to important people. If you want to own… read more ›

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Cunard’s 1950’s Canadian Quartet had to be one of the last sets of ships that was built in much the same way ships had been built for the preceding 100 years, meaning that they were custom built with very little sub contracting.  No modular cabins to be found here, nearly… read more ›

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