Chair, First-Class SuiteItem Number: 75245 $2,450.00
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An extremely rare item from one of Cunard’s two greatest money earners, the RMS Queen Elizabeth. This solid sycamore chair was originally made for one of her suites. It is not generally known, but Cunard spent heaps of money in the late 1940’s to bring all the ships in the fleet in line with the looks of the Queen Elizabeth. The Queen Mary’s original interiors were toned down somewhat while the late 1920’s decor of RMS Britannic was updated. Huge amounts were spent in this effort which was designed to give the fleet a continuity of look.
This was a great idea on Cunard’s part because that meant that nearly all the furniture and fittings on the Cunarders were largely interchangeable. If something was broken, threadbare, or just simply dirty, it was taken ashore and tended to. Once repaired, it was placed in a warehouse in Southampton and mixed back into service on the rest of the fleet as needed. To this day the Queen Mary is awash in furniture from other ships including Aquitania, Mauretania, Caronia, Queen Elizabeth, and the Canadian quartet. At some point during the Queen Mary’s career, this chair was transferred to her. Aren’t we lucky that it didn’t burn when the QE went to Hong Kong and her fateful conversion?
I purchased this chair from the estate of a woman in Long Beach who went to the sales from the ship in the early 1970’s. It has now been completely restored. Note the archivals of the chair in use on the Queen Elizabeth. Measures about 34″ x 22″ x 20.5″. Isn’t it stylish? Not too many people own furniture from the Queen Elizabeth; so can’t you see it gracing your home as a key item in your collection? It is comfortable too!