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Completed in 1932 for the French Line, the Champlain was an intermediate liner used for the transatlantic run and also used for occasional cruising. Sadly, she struck a mine on June 17, 1940, and sank off La Pallice. This is one of the large pre-World War II bronze medallions. Designed… read more ›

Unusual bronze centennial medallion for this French company, dated 1851-1951. Designed by Andre Lavrillier. Complete with the original box which is in very good condition with some separations at the corners. Before you ask how I know it’s the original box, I’ve got an identical marked box (with medal) for… read more ›

Depending on your taste, the France of 1912 may have been the most luxurious ship on the Atlantic — at least in the pre-war period. This 24-page brochure covers it all in first class. Witty text, a great cover, and interesting views combine to make this perhaps the second-best brochure… read more ›

Fantastic tourist-class full-color brochure printed on glossy paper. The best on-board photos you can imagine! Complete with sample breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus — oh, that French Line food. Certainly the best brochure done for her tourist-class service.  Tourist numbers held up well in the jet era while first-class suffered… read more ›

Full-color brochure filled with 35 photos for both classes. Fold-out in the middle with an aerial photo of her at sea. Pull-out profile at the back which is color-coded to show you in what parts of the ship the different classes were located. Super photo on the cover! in French… read more ›

Cute little juice glass from the service of the France of 1962. Frosted CGT logo. Of all the liner crystal I stock this timeless pattern is the most popular.  Stands about 3″ tall. Excellent condition. A small quantity available.

Highly desirable bone-china tea cup and saucer in the pattern used in service on the France of 1962. Made by GDA Limoges and in excellent condition with no loss to the gold leaf or any cracks/crazing. I love the simple and classic styling of this pattern. Subtle but quite effective.

Coming in at a massive 46″ long, this is an amazing cut-away. In full-color, 232 items are listed in the extensive key. Stamped on the front for the 1974 World Cruise, which would be her last. It is sad to think that this magnificent liner is now gone. As troubling… read more ›

Superb fold-out color-coded deck plan for first class. Who fantasizes about traveling any other way?  Eight color photos on glossy paper. In French and English. One of the best deck plans you can find for her. Mint condition.

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You know the French Line went for broke when they gold washed their bronze medallions. The France was France’s last transatlantic liner and one of the last ships of state to be built. She was amazing. Medallion is in excellent condition without the typical wear. Some slight scuffing.  It has… read more ›

Pottery ashtray probably dating to the 1950’s. Measures about 2″ tall and 5″ across. In very good condition. Interestingly, interestingly only one spot for a cigarette.

Glass French Line in service individual ashtray that likely dates to the 1950’s. It is similar to the more commonly seen Opalex ashtrays, but this is a particular material and style I have not seen before. Made by S.E.V.N. Guerville. Great logos and in excellent condition. Measures about 3½” x… read more ›

Everyone loved these art deco ashtrays when they were introduced on the Normandie. So much so that many of the Normandie’s were swiped as souvenirs. Because of this the French Line was forced to remove the ship’s name from them. The shape and style remained popular and continued in use… read more ›

What’s rarer than a first-class ISO deck plan for the Ile? How about one for tourist class? When open, the plan measures about 44″ x 8½” with 8 photos, including one rendering of the soon-to-be finished Normandie and a broadside of the Ile with her decks labeled. Dates to April,… read more ›

After Normandie, the most beloved ship of the French Line fleet is a toss up in my opinion between the France of 1962 and the Ile. Like De Grasse, Ile received a post-war medallion of which this is an example. Various heraldic shields on one side; the other showing the… read more ›

Much-sought-after bronze Normandie “Blue Ribbon” medallion produced when she took the record in 1935. Designed by M. Delannoy, it measures about 2” across. So detailed, you can even see her flying the blue ribbon from her main mast. Highly raised 3D effect of the ship sailing out of the medal… read more ›

Superb 16-page brochure for this hard-to-find French liner. Dated April, 1937, the brochure contains 10 photos printed on glossy paper so they are quite clear. All first class photos, including the children’s dining room. A slightly unusually decorated ship in that she bridged the gap between the pre-war France and… read more ›

Incredible color-coded deck plan for the ill-fated French liner Paris. This deck plan was printed on January 20, 1939, for her Norway-Europe cruise which was to take place on June 24 but never happened. She burned on April 18 and was lying on the bottom of the harbor at Le… read more ›

Super sharp real photo of Verandah Cabin 77 on board the Paris. This was one of ten cabins with private verandahs aft on A Deck. What an amazing room! Great flower vases! Mounted to a stiff backing (probably removed from an agent’s photo book), the photo itself measures about 9″… read more ›