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Mid-century style ashtray.  Made of china and tapers front to back to give prominence to the name.  The absence of “Isbrandtsen” from the name indicates that it dates to before 1964.  “Made in U.S.A.” on bottom.  Super condition.  The diameter is about 4″ across.

Could you ask for a better logo?  Happily, this one has the less-common and short-lived American Export-Isbrandtsen Line name that is harder to find than one for American Export.  Measures over 3″ x 3″.  Perfect condition.  A quantity available.

One of the best ocean-liner ashtrays ever.  I love the mid-century styling on these.  This type is one of the first ashtrays I ever acquired for my collection.  It measures about 5″ across.  Black or red version available.  Let me know which one you would like.

Glossy, full-color brochure which also has full-color-coded deck plans.  These look like fun and successful cruises.  Don’t you find it interesting that the old guard of steamship lines ran so many successful cruises and obviously made money in those endeavors for decades but were nearly all unable to make the… read more ›

Deck plan printed on glossy paper for first and tourist class on the ss Atlantic.  Dated June, 1964, and sports four photos on board the ship.  In excellent condition.  Oddly, even though on glossy paper, it is printed in black & white.  Measures about 18″ x 15½” when open. 

American Export Line enamel cap badge.  Possibly worn on the Independence or Constitution.  In mint condition.  Measures about 1″ long.

This blue-and-white-stripped china offered below is the famous Exeter pattern as used in tourist class on the Constitution and Independence as well as on The  Aces. When the Constitution was taken out of service in 1968, large amounts of china were sold off for re-use.  At the same time, a… read more ›

This blue-and-white-stripped china offered below is the famous Exeter pattern as used in tourist class on the Constitution and Independence as well as on The  Aces.  See the archival photos for this pattern in use. When the Constitution was taken out of service in 1968, large amounts of china were… read more ›

This blue-and-white-stripped china offered below is the famous Exeter pattern as used in tourist class on the Constitution and Independence as well as on The  Aces.  See the archival photos for this pattern in use. When the Constitution was taken out of service in 1968, large amounts of china were… read more ›

Stunning 10” diameter dinner and show plate in the famous maroon-and-gold pattern as used on the Constitution and Independence.  Made by Mayer and in excellent condition.  Too bad all those little details like show plates have slipped.  Only the very high end lines like Crystal bother with custom show plates… read more ›

Measures about 7″ in diameter.  Independence/Constitution era.  American Export had a great logo, didn’t they?  Two small losses of gold along the rim (can be seen in photo); otherwise, excellent.

This blue-and-white-stripped china offered below is the famous Exeter pattern as used in tourist class on the Constitution and Independence as well as on The  Aces. When the Constitution was taken out of service in 1968, large amounts of china were sold off for re-use.  At the same time, a… read more ›

Well-made silver coffee pot produced by International Silver and dated 1950.  It holds 14 ounces of liquid.  Some usage dings and the typical wear seen from its time onboard.  Overall quite nice with no loss of silver plate.  Measures about 5¼” tall x 5½” from handle to spout.

Cute souvenir pen for the ss Constitution during her white phase.  Dates to the 1960’s.  Happily still has its oil so she still floats (unlike the real one!).  In excellent condition.

Interesting maiden voyage cover for the American Export ship Executor.  Posted on the maiden voyage in 1940, much of the world was at war; so the cover also has a “Passed Censor” stamp from Rangoon.  Fine condition.

I had thought that only the French splashed out on Isometric deck plans.  Happily, I was wrong, and these plans for the Independence and Constitution are easily the best ever done for them.  When open, they measure a massive 48” x 9”, and these full-color plans are simply stunning.  Covers… read more ›

Twenty-four pages of full-color glossy plans with photos for these lovely sisters.  Filled with great photos of life onboard, this deck plan covers all classes.  Until I saw the ISO deck plans that American Export produced for their flagships, I would have said these were the best deck plans ever… read more ›

Glossy pocket deck plans for late in their careers.  Handy little guides to every area of the ship, covering all three classes.  A few available with dates ranging from 1965-1967.  The only difference are the colors to the covers which changed with the various years.  Excellent condition.  $30. Non-glossy pocket… read more ›

Full-color brochure for American Export’s most famous pair.  Now painted white and advertised as cruise ships.  American Export was obviously feeling the pinch of air travel.  Loads of great images from on board and her ports.  Includes the full fare schedule for 1962 as a separate insert brochure.  In excellent… read more ›

Pre-maiden-voyage deck plan for the fabulous ss Independence and ss Constitution of the American Export Lines.  Extremely detailed and shows them to great advantage.  Did you know they had an athwart ships theater?  Talk about a non-standard setup.  Very few other line ever tried this.  Dated to Dec., 1950, and… read more ›

“The Sun-Lane to Europe,” a magazine-style brochure produced for the “gala maiden voyage of the sun-liner ss Independence, Mediterranean Cruise, Feb. 10, 1951.”   Loads of details on the ship and her exciting and modern accommodations.  Never seen another.

The highlight of any American Export collection would be this item.  A fantastic house flag that the seller informed me last flew on the Independence.  In excellent condition with its original rope lanyard.  Made of wool and stamped with the company name.  Measures of 6′ x 4′.  There are a few… read more ›

American Export silver creamer likely from the early days in the company history.  Made by Reed and Barton and sporting a nice American Export logo on the side.  Holds 8 ounces, and aside from the typical use marks, it is in very good condition with no loss of plate.

The mate to the AMEX creamer is this 8 ounce sugar bowl is also made by Reed and Barton.  Well made and has a solid feel.  Great company house flag on its side and likely dates to early in the history of American Export.  Very good condition with the typical… read more ›

Great pocket deck plan for The  Aces dated March, 1957.  Covers all four ships, Excalibur, Excambion, Exochorda, and Exeter.  A couple of interior photos and some general information in addition to the deck plans.  These ships would have been great to sail on.  Nice condition with some bumping to one… read more ›

American Export’s well known 4 Aces — Excalibur, Exochorda, Exeter, and Excambion — are all represented in this huge and detailed deck plan.   The details extend down to denoting that the dog kennels were ceramic tiled.  Dated November, 1952, it is amazing at 36″ x 36″, a yard in… read more ›