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Souvenir spoon for the record-breaking HAPAG liner Deutschland.  With a portrait of the four-funneled liner in the bowl, this spoon has an unusual handle consisting of a flower and leaves.  Can’t say I’ve seen one like this before.  The Deutschland became the cruise liner Viktoria Luise and later the emigrant… read more ›

Made by Fürstenberg in Germany, this exquisite fine bone-china cup and saucer date to the time of the Bremen (ex-Pasteur). According to Bill Miller, the Germans were prevented from owning any liners after WWII for a period of 10 years. They were further restricted from building or even owning new… read more ›

Souvenir pocket note pad from the on-board souvenir shop of the “new” HAPAG liners Albert Ballin, Deutschland, Hamburg, and New York. They were advertised as “the ships without seasickness” and as having Frahm’s anti-rolling tanks. Great condition with a rough spot on the leather on the back. Calendars for 1930… read more ›

Judging by the logo, I have a sneaking suspicion this dates to the 1960’s, may be from the Bremen. 6″ from handle to handle and stands 2″ tall. In very good, even mint condition with no loss of plate. Made by Gebrüder Hepp who also made large amounts of silver… read more ›

Outstanding pre-maiden voyage first-class deck plan for the s.s. Imperator.  Printed on onion paper, the plan is dated 4-1913 and was printed in the United States.  Measures 36″ x 33″ when open.  Considering it is over 100 years old and was not really meant to last, this plan is in… read more ›

Super breakfast menu for the Imperator dated 4 July 1914.  In both German and English, the menu has a gold border.  There is a slight stain or two, but we see nice items for her so rarely, they don’t really matter.  Measures about 7.25″ x 5″.

Ballin’s triumphant imperial eagle on the bow of the Imperator. Clear real-photo postcard of the liner, possibly leaving the builder’s yard. Great real-photo cards are nearly impossible to find. The image says it all. In excellent condition written on the back but not mailed.

Great real-photo card of the Imperator, still sporting that massive eagle, taken from a departing tender. Super view! I have a used and an unused version. The used card is postmarked May 22, 1914. Both are in great condition.

Post card showing the difference in size between the newly built Imperator and the newly rebuilt St. Michel’s Church in Hamburg. The Imperator was twice the size! Good condition with some bumped corners.

Very unusual post card of lifeboat drill being held on board the Imperator. The text at the bottom mentions that she carries 83 boats. Considering what had happened the year before, I guess HAPAG wanted to make sure people knew there were enough lifeboats for all! Unused and in good… read more ›

Impressive set of 17 postcards for Cunard’s R.M.S. Imperator. Cunard operated the seized German liner for about a year right after the war before re-naming her Berengaria. One wonders why they waited to change the name. Perhaps they considered keeping her name as Imperator. If they didn’t, then the company… read more ›

Ridiculously cool real-photo postcard of Imperator (probably in Southampton) during the short time as a Cunarder before she was renamed Berengaria. Part of the writing on the back reads: “Imperator, Cunard Co, July 25 – 31st 1920.” Never mailed and in very good condition with just the slightest corner bumps.

Silk souvenir handkerchief from Imperator’s brief pre-war period.  Now over 100 years old.  It is nearly gossamer like in its delicateness and is in mint condition.  Measures about 11” x 11”

Boy, did the Germans do great on-board souvenirs!  Easily one of the most impressive souvenir spoons I have ever seen for the Imperator (or any ship for that matter!).  Measuring nearly 5.5″ in length, the bowl of the spoon has a portrait of the liner with the handle being topped… read more ›

Built in 1906 for HAPAG, the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria was named after the last Empress of Germany. The liner was surrendered to Britain after World War I and was chartered to Cunard for 1920. She was then sold to Canadian Pacific and became their Empress of Scotland. After a few… read more ›

Set of three snapshots from a passengers visit to or trip on the Vaterland. She only made a few voyages so the timeline for getting pre-war shots of her was short. Unusual views and a ship you don’t see too many personal snapshots for.  Obviously would scan well.  Each measures… read more ›

Stunning pre-war souvenir fan from the Victoria Luise’s on-board gift shop. This particular fan was produced for a Westindienfahrt or West Indian Cruise. The route of the cruise cleverly spreads out on the fan blades. The Victoria Luise was most likely the world’s first purpose-built cruise ship and made her… read more ›