Oregon, Floor TileItem Number: 76449 Sold
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Octagonal ceramic tile salvaged from the Cunarder Oregon. Interestingly, the ship flooring was largely very high-quality ceramic tiles. I wondered why such a labor intensive and, not to mention heavy, flooring was used. This led me to look up the invention of linoleum, which as you all know, was extensively used on liners in the 20th century. It turns out linoleum was around in the early 1880s when Oregon was built; however, it wasn’t in general use yet and was still quite expensive. From what the diver told me about its recovery location, it is likely this tile is from the ship’s dining room. It measures about 3″ across and over half an inch thick!