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Soft-cover book detailing the war service of the Holland America fleet.  There is a write up on each ship’s service.  64 pages with 15 images, none of which I have seen before.  They are all rather unusual — Nieuw Amsterdam as a troop transport, looking down the barrel of a… read more ›

Lovely ashtray as used on board.  Measures about 4″ in diameter.  Used on board the Ryndam and Maasdam in the 1950’s.  Made in Holland.  Back stamped NASM.  Excellent condition.

China asparagus dish in the pattern used onboard Rotterdam V.  NASM logo.  Mint condition with no chips, cracks, or crazing.  Measures about 8″ long.

Not too often seen, this pattern is rumored to have been used on the Ryndam and Maasdam in the 1950’s.  Here’s an egg cup that is near mint.  No chips, cracks, or crazing.  Stands about 2½” tall.

Highly sought-after yet rarely seen ashtray as used on board the beloved liners of Holland America.  Very heavy!  Weighs about 3 pounds.  Excellent condition, the best I have ever seen!  These never turn up in this condition.  Measures 6½” across and stands 2¼” tall. Note the archival of this type… read more ›

First-class and tourist-class plan for this beloved pair.  9 photos.  When opened, measures 45″ x 8½”.  Text is in English, French, German, and Dutch.  Dates to June, 1961. Mint.

Maasdam and Ryndam were very interesting ships.  They had the full-on 1950’s interior look of the Rotterdam and Statendam but in a much smaller and more compact size.   This deck plan is fully color-coded and and dates to when the ships were less than 5 years old.  Don’t think it… read more ›

Absolutely fantastic full-color glossy brochure for the incomparable Nieuw Amsterdam.  The brochure is mint and comes with its original envelope (which has torn through age on the top flap and bottom fold nearly all the way across).  I believe this to be her return-to-service brochure from 1948.  “Exquisite decor, in… read more ›

Ah, the great cruise deck plan.  You get the entire ship all in one plan!  The best part about this particular deck plan is all the 3-D style cabin mockups showing you exactly what you would get depending on the category you chose.  Mint condition and dating to the late… read more ›

75th Anniversary paperweight for NASM.  In very good condition with some very slight flea bites.  I’ve seen a number of these, and this is definitely in the best condition.  Made in The Netherlands.  5½” x 3½”.

Highly sought after cruise deck plan for the incomparable Rotterdam.  Dates to October, 1960.  She was still brand new!  Great color photos and in excellent condition with a touch of rust to the staples.  Measures about 36″ x 8″.

Mint condition silver creamer made by the famous French firm Christofle and brokered by Van Zwanenburg.  Strong, clean NASAM logo with no loss to the silver plate.  A nice addition to any serious Holland America collection.  Measures about 3½” tall by about 5” from handle to spout.

Silver sugar bowl brokered by Van Zwanenburg and in very good condition.  It is mint except for a small scratch next to the Holland America logo.  Comes complete with its lid which is often missing.  Measures about 3½” tall x 5½” handle to handle.

Cute little Holland American Line silver tea pot by Sola and brokered by Van Zwanenburg.  Holland America must have been very pleased with the service they got from their silver.  They used the same simple but effective designs for decades and decades.  Bold NASM logo.  Measures about 3½” tall x… read more ›

On-board butter knife.  Handle is silver; blade is stainless steel.  Has a slight “wave” to the end of the blade.  Otherwise excellent.

Pre-World War I silver demi-tasse spoon.  Very clear logo with just a touch of plate loss on the bottom of the bowl where it rests.  The style reminds me of what was to come on-board Normandie years later.

Silver demi-tasse spoon made by Elkington and date marked 1949.  Measures just over 4” in length.  No plate loss.  Very good condition. Good old Elkington, so easy to date and so well made!  When I was in London in 2003, I saw a set of silver-plated tigers at the Victoria… read more ›

Bone china souvenir from the onboard gift shop.  Probably dates to the 1950’s or 1960’s.  Made by Royal Goede Waagen.  In excellent condition.  Stands about 3½” tall x 3½”.

The famous Nora Wellings doll.  Holland America went all out on this as it is twice the size typically seen with Cunard.  Did you know the Wellings factory closed in 1959 and the supply finally ran out in the early 1960s?  So this doll must date to no later than… read more ›

Superb image of Holland America’s Spaardam, which interestingly was built by Harland & Wolf in 1881 as White Star’s first steel-hulled vessel, Arabic.  HAL bought her in 1890 and sailed her for 11 years as Spaarndam.  Spaarndam is the name of the small village which is famous for the story… read more ›

Picture yourself going on this luxury Holland America Line cruise to the Holy Land, Mediterranean, and Egypt for 58 days over 80 years ago.  It really makes you yearn for the good old days of steamship travel when ships looked like ships!  Runs 34 pages with 9 interiors and exteriors… read more ›

Tissue deck plan for tourist class on the Statendam of 1929.  In very good condition with a few slight pin holes at the folds and a nick or two to the edge.  Dated March 5, 1937, so getting quite late for this war tragedy.  Never see much for this ship.

Real-photo postcard booklet for the Statendam.  She had a rather painful life–a decade to build and a decade of depression-era service only to be ignobly boomed and burned out in the invasion of Holland in 1940.  Her interiors are shown here to great effect, and you can see the delay… read more ›

Holland America Line brochure for the ss Statendam’s 1966 Orient and Pacific Cruise, which was a circumnavigation of the Pacific.  Full-color glossy images with numerous on board photos of life.  Also has the rate schedule and cabin diagrams.  I’ve never had another and in near mint condition.

Cute black-and-white brochure for the Statendam.  It shows her tourist- and first-class accommodation.  She was renowned for the quality of her tourist-class interiors.  This brochure shows why.  Excellent condition.

Handy, useful, and stylish sycamore table from Holland America Line’s Statendam of 1957.  The table is in fantastic original condition and needs nothing to add its fantastic mid-century style to your home.  This has been in my personal collection for 10 years, but since I have recently purchased a new… read more ›

Preliminary plan for first and tourist class on the Statendam.  Dates to August, 1956, and measures 38″ x 8½”.  Of course, because it’s a preliminary deck plan, most of the illustrations are renderings except one which was more than likely taken on another HAL liner.  Mint condition.