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The Africa was built in 1952 for the African service of Lloyd Triestino.  This tissue deck plan is dated April, 1952, and is very likely the first deck plan for her.  It covers both first and tourist class.  When open, the plan measures about 19″ x 13″.  Very good condition.

Near mint condition deck plan for both first class and cabin class on Italia’s beautiful Andrea Doria.  A style of deck plan that I haven’t seen before.  Sports 8 images from the ship and measures about 31″ x 9″.  Very choice!

Lots of china has been recovered from the wreck of the Andrea Doria over the years, but for some reason, few of these have been — a complete bouillon cup and saucer set.  Both items were made by Richard Ginori.  This is super rare and displays beautifully.

It is getting tough to find china recovered from the famous Andrea Doria.  That is a situation I don’t expect to improve.  The ship is falling to pieces, and dives to her are wildly expensive and dangerous.  So grab this while you can.  The famous rope pattern used in first-class. … read more ›

On August 26, 1981, the first-class purser’s safe of the Italian liner Andrea Doria was recovered from the wreck, just over 25 years since the Doria had plunged to the bottom.  The salvagers didn’t know what they would find in the safe, but when it was opened on live television… read more ›

Very unusual ashtray.  Must date to the 1930’s.  Small crack on one side that is about 1/2″ long.  Some very slight crazing and some wear to the bowl.  Measures 6″ in diameter.  Never seen another.

Unusual diamond-shaped ashtray for Italia dated 3-1937.  Made by Richard Ginori with a pre-war Savoy crown.  In great condition with no chips, cracks, or crazing.  Some loss of gold around top edge.  Comes with a book of pre-war Italian Liner matches.

Very early and fantastic art deco Italian Line ashtray with the crown for the House of Savoy.  These were used in the second-class smoking room on the Rex alone it seems.  I cannot find them in the Conti pictures at all.  Please prove me wrong!  🙂  See archival for this… read more ›

Built in 1953 for the Asian service of Lloyd Triestino, the Asia and her sister Victoria were two of the prettiest colonial-service liners built by the Italians.  This tissue deck plan for the Asia, dated January, 1973, covers both first and tourist class.  When open, the plan measures about 27½”… read more ›

Dating from 1956, this brochure is one I haven’t seen before.  Covering all 3 classes and boasting of the ship’s amenities, including “40 air conditioning systems”.  Folds open to 18″ x 25″.  Mint condition.

Measuring over 37″ long.  I think this might be from the pre-war Augustus, but I put it under the post-war ship to be safe!  A couple of tiny pin holes and stains but does not affect the ship’s name or flags.

A famous name in Italian shipping, this Augustus was perhaps more famous for her LONG layup in the Philippines, which sadly ended in her recent scrapping.  This pin dish from her gift shop is a reminder of her in happier times.  In excellent condition.  Measures about 5¼” x 5¼”.

Lovely diamond-shaped dish in the orange-rope pattern.  This pattern has the post-war Italia crown and is identical to pieces recovered from the Andrea Doria.  Mint condition.  No chips, cracks, or crazing and no wear to the gold.  This is the larger size diamond dish, measuring about 9″ x 5″.  A… read more ›

Pre-war and attractive fine-bone china diamond-shaped dish.  Date marked “4-39” (April, 1939).  In the very late 1930′s Italian Line china was ordered in mass in an effort to consolidate the logos and patterns used on board.  In excellent condition measuring about 5” x 9”.  No chips, cracks, or crazing.  The… read more ›

Pre-war and highly sought-after fine-bone china crescent dish.  Date marked “3-39” (March, 1939).  In the very late 1930’s Italian Line china was ordered in mass in an effort to consolidate the logos and patterns used on board.  In excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or crazing.  The gold is near mint. … read more ›

7″ side plate from the service of the post-war Italian fleet.  Identical pieces of this pattern have been brought up from the Doria.  Difficult to come by and, as such, would make greatly enhance any Italia collection.  Made by Richard Ginori.  In near-mint condition.

Side plate in the orange-rope pattern.  Measures about 6½” in diameter.  Made by Ginori.  Very good condition with some slight signs of use.

Beautiful Italian Line pre-war side plate measuring 7¾” in diameter.  Complete with Savoy crown.  Made by Ginori and date marked “38-12” (December, 1938.)  Shows the typical utensil marks.  No chips, cracks, or crazing.

Pre-war Italia china was very colorful and decorative, and this side plate is no exception.  Made of bone china by our old friend Richard Ginori and date marked for November, 1939.  Measures about 7″ in diameter.  Excellent condition.

Exquisite tea cup and saucer as used on board the Andrea Doria.  Commonly known among collectors as the “Chinois” pattern, this style of china is decorated with many different Chinese scenes and is one of the most sought-after patterns of Italia china because of its close connection with the Doria… read more ›

Amazing brochure for the Conte Biancamano and Conte Grande stuffed with 24 images, mostly huge and in color.  Fantastic vessels with little seen for them.  Very interesting mix of late 1940’s styles and mid-century slickness.  Excellent condition with some slight pin holes at the folds.

Excellent tissue deck plan for the Conte dated September, 1954.  This plan is as thin as tissue deck plans get.  Folds open to about 39″ x 27″.  Covers all three classes with a large legend.  No holes, no damage.  One image of the ship.  Mint.

Near mint condition color foldout brochure for the stunning Cristoforo Colombo.  You all know she was the sister to Andrea Doria.  Both ships were amazing inside with impressive mid-century modern interiors.  She is listed as brand new and joining her sister the Andrea Doria.  Measures about 13″ x 19″.

Superb pre-maiden voyage tissue deck plan for all three classes, dated various dates February, 1955, April, 1954 etc.  As close as you can get to a Doria deck plan without spending hundreds of dollars.  Measures 39″ x 27″.  Excellent condition.  A quantity available.

First-, second-, and third-class plan for the Colombo.  12 photographs, both on board and exterior.  Ship’s particulars in Italian and English.  Measures 32″ x 29″. Various dates.  By this time, she had been repainted with the white hull.  Mint condition.

Built in 1952 for the African service of Lloyd Triestino, the Europa and her sister Africa were two of the prettiest colonial-service liners built by the Italians.  This tissue deck plan for the Europa, dated April, 1954, covers both first and second class.  When open, the plan measures about 19″… read more ›

Excellent fold-open deck plan for Italy’s first post-war liner.  Dated September, 1956, this tissue deck plan opens to about 37″ x 29″ and covers the entire ship.  One photo of the ship at sea.  She was a beauty!  Mint.

Full-color glossy brochure for Home Line’s new Homeric.  14 page with 28 full-color photos.  Built in 1931 as Matson’s Mariposa, she was laid up after the war and finally purchased by Home Lines and entered their service in 1955.  The Homeric survived until a fire in 1973.  She was scrapped… read more ›

Lloyd Triestino brochure for the motor vessels Australia, Oceania, and Neptunia.  Dated 1955 so prime time for this storied line.  In fact, these beautiful ships were only 4 years old.  Runs 20 pages and stuffed with great photos of these liners both on board and exterior.  As a further benefit… read more ›

Excellent deck plan dated March, 1966, which shows all three classes.  Very detailed, even down to the placement of furniture in each cabin.  Unfolds to 27” x 26” and includes several interior and exterior photographs.  In excellent condition.  Great photo of the liner on the back cover.  No rips, tears,… read more ›

Italian Lines mid 1960’s ashtray.  Made of plastic by Coinor Milano.  Has a fantastic double-caged funnel motif taken from the famous Michelangelo and Raffaello.  Measures nearly 6” in diameter.

“Placing Tourist Travel on a Pedestal.”  The newly formed Italian Line produced this brochure in 1933, the deepest part of the depression.  Thus, like all lines, they were heavily pushing their second-class service.  In this case, the pitch was: “Italia really cuts your travel dollars into a bigger spread.”  Runs… read more ›

Fantastic 28-page brochure for first and tourist class on the famed Rex and Conte Di Savoia.  Dated to 1934 and in very good condition.  Very interesting photos as they are little seen.  Half the brochure is for Rex and half for Conte.  Many nice shots with models which always show… read more ›

Nearly mint condition brochure covering third class on board Italia’s impressive flagships.  These liners were great, and it is easy to see why they are by far the most collected ships for Italia.  (Although several other great Italian liners are heavily collected, too).  Running 16 pages and in German.  Great… read more ›

Bold celluloid pinback for the impressive Rex.  In excellent condition.  Measures about 1¼” across.

The best early brochure you can get for these two Italian liners.  These ships became the mainstay of the fleet serving with distinction both before and after the war.  Not only is it 58 pages long but it has 8 color illustrations of the liners’ interiors among the brochures 21… read more ›

“You leave the Saturnia and the Vulcania refreshed and rejuvenated with the warmth of unforgettable memories”.  I am sure that was true!  This brochure is our way to relive these much loved liners.  13 images, many in full color on glossy paper so will scan beautifully.   Measures about 23″ x… read more ›

Large post-war silver creamer.  The large size suggests that it was meant for an entire table’s use.  Measures about 5″ tall and 6½” from handle to spout.  Made by Wellner.  In very good condition.

Outstanding brochure for the Victoria and Asia, which sailed on the Italy-Pakistan-India-Far East service of Lloyd Triestino. Dating to July, 1959, this booklet runs 36 pages with 57 on-board and exterior photos (most in color) and deck plans for the liners.  Lots and lots of unusual views.  In great condition.

Originally built by Harland & Wolff in 1936 as Union Castle’s Dunnottar Castle, she was bought by Incres in 1958, substantially refitted at Rotterdam, and renamed Victoria.  After a brief time with Chandris, she was bought by Louis Cruises and in her final years of service, she was known as… read more ›

Dated September, 1969, this tissue deck plan folds open to 19″ x 14″ and shows both classes.  In very good condition.  Lloyd Triestino is as popular as it is hard to come by!

Absolutely huge deck plan for the Christmas and New Year’s 1934/1935 cruise on board the Vulcania to the West Indies.  The cruise departed New York on December 22 and went to Kingston, Cristobal, Havana, Nassau, and back to New York on January 4.  One side of the plan has lots… read more ›

Tissue plan, measuring 38″x 27″, for all passenger accommodation.  Oddly, this plan is dated both November, 1954, AND December, 1954.  In excellent condition with only a few small spots and an arrow pointing out a cabin.  One of Italy’s longest-serving and best-loved ships.

Glossy deck plan in Italian and English dated January, 1962.  Getting late for this famed and long lived liner.  Seven photos.  Very interesting photo showing the pre-war first-class dining room still intact.  Compare this to the lower classes.  Excellent condition.