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Rare, rare, rare!  Probably the rarest piece of the bone china tea service from the Queens you’ll ever see.  Not too many of these show up probably because they were only used in the lounges for tea and not on deck.  It seems that those pesky lap trays were just… read more ›

Dating to the 1860’s, this pattern is commonly known by collectors as the “basket weave” pattern.  This would have been used on Cunard ships like the Russia, China, and Cuba. Very heavy-duty piece of china.  Back marked “British & North American Royal Mail Compy.”  Produced by Bodley & Company, Burslem. … read more ›

Very hard to find luncheon plate from the Bird of Paradise tea service from the 1920′s.  In mint condition and measures about 8″ in diameter.  One of the harder pieces of this pattern to find.  Marked on the bottom as souvenir.  Most people are looking for luncheon plates to complete… read more ›

Bone china hand-painted side plate in the “Bird-of-Paradise” pattern.  Measures just over 6” across.  Marked “souvenir” and purchased in the on-board gift shop.  Produced by Tuscan china and bottom marked with the Cunard logo.  Identical to the china used on board many Cunarders in the 1920’s.  In excellent condition.  No… read more ›

Large waste dish in the famous Cube pattern.  Hand painted and happily near mint.  Identical to the onboard service but sold in the gift shops.  Marked on the bottom as souvenir.  Measures about 3″ x 2″.  For some reason this dish is one of the hardest to obtain in this… read more ›

A delft dinner plate as used on Lusitania, Mauretania, Caronia, and Carmania.  See the archival at left for it in the second-class dining room of Lusitania.  Measures 9½” in diameter.  Made by Mintons and is dated on the back 1906.  Has only the slightest utensil marks and two small rough… read more ›

Famous cube pattern individual creamer from Cunard’s on-board tea service.  Stands almost 3″ tall and is about 1¾” square.  Made from bone china and is nearly mint with no chips, cracks, or crazing.

Everybody loves a cup and saucer.  This classic bone china example made by Foley in the pattern used on the Queens is in the typical English style they call a “coffee can.”  In excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or crazing.  Several sets available so stock up.

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Foley bone-china footed dish.  Measures about 3” across the top and stands about 2” high.  Very good condition.  No chips or crazing.  One of the harder Foley pieces to find and one of the most popular.  Only one left.  

Foley bone-china tea pot in the famous cube pattern.  Measuring just about 4″ square and standing 4″ tall.  Excellent condition.  No chips or crazing in excellent condition.  This is the larger of the two sizes of tea pots and is much harder to find.

Foley bone-china side plate from the service of the Queen Mary and Elizabeth.  Has some of the usual utensil marks.  Measures about 6½” in diameter.

Foley bone-china tea pot, measuring just about 3¼” square and standing 3″ tall.  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or crazing.  Some slight wear to the black line on the lid.  Displays well as a set with the larger tea pot (if you’ve got one!).  Note the archival of the tea… read more ›

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The cube Foley sugar bowl.  Made of fine bone china.  I often have a tough time keeping these in stock so finish your tea set with this cute sugar bowl.  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or crazing.  Measures about 1½” tall and is nearly 2″ square.

Although commonly referred to as a “large sugar bowl,” this is actually a waste dish for your spent tea leaves.  In the late 1960′s, Cunard made the “bold” move of switching to tea bags.  A risky decision that had serious consequences for the plumbing on board!  This waste dish is… read more ›

An on-deck cup of bouillon.  In my mind, at least, it is one of the hallmarks of British ocean-liner service.  QM2 still provides this expected tradition to this day.  Sadly, they do not provide nice quality double-handled bouillon cups and saucers like this.  For your next crossing, perhaps you might… read more ›

Maddock cereal bowl measuring 7½” in diameter.  Several available and dating to the 1960s.  Each has a red sticker on the back stating it was sold on bard the Queen Mary.  Pieces of in-service china and other fittings were sold on board in the gift shops during her early years… read more ›

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Desirable and hard-to-find coffee cup and saucer as used on the great post WWII Cunarders.  This example comes to us from the Queen Mary.  These coffee cups and saucers are quite popular, and in fact, just about any cup and saucer for just about any transatlantic line is quite collectable. … read more ›

Rare egg hoop from the post-WWII on-board Cunard service.  Full Cunard logo inside.  This pattern was used in both first and second class on all the major post war Cunard ships, including Mauretania and Caronia.  A small quantity available.

One of the hardest-to-find pieces of Maddockware.  If, like Cunard, you had to serve appetizers to 800 expectant first-class passengers and do it quickly, these dishes were the answer to your prayers.  The idea was to rapidly, but attractively, set four of these dishes on a tray to tempt an… read more ›

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One of the hardest-to-find pieces of Maddockware.  If, like Cunard, you had to serve appetizers to 800 expectant first-class passengers and do it quickly, these dishes were the answer to your prayers.  Each dish was placed on the “Barlett” trolley, and wheeled over to the diner’s table so he could… read more ›

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One reviewer said in the 1960′s that the Cunard ships were getting old and were no longer seriously contending for the title “finest in the world” but that you should go because the “Cunard service, Cunard cuisine, and Cunard savoir faire are more than 50% of the any battle —… read more ›

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Unusual shallow plate made by Maddock.  These plates are tough to find even as non-Kosher examples.  This one marked “Milk” is quite rare.  Excellent condition.  Measures 8″ in diameter.  Maddockware is a real crowd pleaser and a collecting favorite.  Everyone wants something off the Queen Mary or Queen Elizabeth, it… read more ›

Unusual shallow plate made by Maddock.  Excellent condition.  Measures 8″ in diameter.  Maddockware is a real crowd pleaser and a collecting favorite.  Everyone wants something off the Queen Mary or Queen Elizabeth it seems.

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A quantity of salad crescents from the service of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.  In mint condition and measuring about 8” x 4½”.  A must have for any Cunard Queen’s collection.

Side bowl as used on the Queens, Caronia, and second Mauretania.  Excellent condition.  Measures 6¼” in diameter.  A small quantity available.

Cunard went for Maddock china in a big way.  The post war ships used it by the ton.  Still it’s getting tougher to find in good condition.  Measures 7¼”.  Excellent condition and marked with a sticker as having been part of Queen Mary’s onboard service.  One of those rare chances… read more ›

Soup bowl as used on the Queens.  Measures about 9″ in diameter.  Excellent condition.  As a matter of interest Maddock Ware china is extremely hardy and was designed to be automatically dish washed in near boiling salt water onboard!  Running it through your modern dishwasher will not hurt it.  I… read more ›

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Sadly, Cunard rarely top marked their china with a logo after World War I, especially when compared to other lines.  This makes items like this top-marked bowl even nicer for your collection.  The logo dates to pattern to the 1890’s and early 1900s.  Measures about 9½” in diameter and made… read more ›

The ubiquitous shell dish as used on the Queens.  These filled many uses, apparently at the stewards’ discretion.  In archival photos, I’ve seen it used for olives, cashews, and lemon/lime slices.  Measures 3½” across. Made by Foley.  See photos for condition.  A quantity available.

Cunard’s breakfast condiment set for use with hard and soft boiled eggs.  Dry mustard, salt, and pepper were provided.  This early example is made by Elkington and is dated 1921.  Perhaps used on Aquitania or Mauretania.  It has both of its original glass inserts however the open bowl is cracked… read more ›

Pinewood pattern spoon for your tea or demi cup and saucer.  These are a must for displaying or using your cups and saucers and are harder to find as a result.  Measures 5” long and in excellent condition.  Several available in different patterns and eras.

Individual silver-plated ice tongs with great crow’s feet claws for the ice.  Made by Elkington for Cunard White Star and dated to 1947.  In very good condition with no loss of silver plate.  Displays so well with the iconic pinewood pattern and the cool “claws.”

Cunard White Star nut dish.  A little over 5″ across from handle to tip.  The typical use marks.  Not too often seen.  Made by Elkington and date marked 1947 so most likely made for the postwar return to service for ships like Queen Mary or Britannic.

Elkington silver-plated napkin ring dated 1892 for Cunard with a very nice, clear belted logo.  In very good condition.  This piece is early for Cunard.  In fact, the company was only just over 50 years old.  Just think, in a couple of years,  Cunard will be celebrating their 175 anniversary!

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