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Great color cut-away of the United States. Reverse has many interior views and a blurb and chart showing daily speeds and distances of her record-breaking maiden voyage.  These frame fantastically.  Opens to 32″ x 9″.  Excellent condition.  These are extremely popular!

Color-coded foldout cruise deck plan for the ss America, “The Diplomats Ship.”  For the United States Lines, government subsides were a major headache in the 1950’s.  Traffic began to fall quickly on the Atlantic in 1957 and 1958, and these declines were felt most on the smaller ships like the… read more ›

If you ever wondered where the America was during the maiden voyage of the United States, now you know!  She left Bremerhaven on June 30 and then departed Southampton on July 2 so she must have passed the United States at some point during the crossing to New York.  Wouldn’t… read more ›

6¼” in diameter.  Near mint with a few utensil marks.  These were purchased at the United States auction by the prior owner.  Note the archival showing ss US’s third-class dining room with bread plates set on the tables.  Only one left.

Dinner plate for the United States Lines.  Dinner plates are not quite as common as other pieces in this pattern.  About 9½” across.  Very good condition with just a few utensil marks.  Made by Mayer.

Banded in red and marked in Hebrew “Kosher Meat,” this side bowl measures about 6¾” in diameter.  Excellent condition, no chips, cracks, or crazing.  Made by Mayer. An interesting side note: One former crew member related that the ssUS did not have a separate Kosher kitchen so she carried pre-packaged… read more ›

7¾” multi-use plate.  According to the manufacturer’s catalog, it could be used for fish, salad, dessert, or “breakfast.”  I’m sure the stewards found many more uses for it!  Made by Lamberton.  Excellent condition.  Several available.

The simple grey pattern of china as used on the ss United States.  Made by their original supplier Mayer and thus dating to the mid 1960’s or earlier.  Measuring about 7½” in diameter.  In very good condition with no chips, cracks, or crazing.  Three available. (Does anyone know how and… read more ›

Rarely seen soup bowl in the graystar pattern.  More correctly called a “soup plate” (according to the manufacturer), there are several available by both Lamberton and Mayer.  Measures 8″ in diameter.  Excellent condition.  Three available.

A beautiful side plate from the Club Leviathan.  Very few pieces turn up of this hard-to-find pattern because it was only used in the Club Leviathan and only for a few years.  Made by Kniffin and Demarest, Co., the plate measures 6¼” in diameter.  In mint condition with no chips,… read more ›

Cute and desirable cordial glasses from the on-board service of the United States.  These were bought by the last owner in New York City at the traveling sale of fittings that preceded the auction of fittings from the ship.  These have a nice fill line and sport the fantastic USL… read more ›

Found near, of all places, Appomattox, Virginia, these water glasses certainly came off the ssUS during her 1984 auction.  In excellent condition and measure about 5” tall.  A few available.

A 3-ounce sherry glass from the Big Ship’s onboard service.  I love the fact that there was a glass for every type of drink!  Don’t see too many sherrys.  A few available.  Measures about 3¼” tall, and all are in excellent condition. For your enjoyment, each glass comes with an… read more ›

Tourist-third cabin plan for the ss George Washington.  Opens to about 28” x 22”.  Built in 1908 for North German Lloyd, she was interred at the beginning of World War I and taken over when the US entered the war.  She was scrapped in 1951.  Great condition with one slight… read more ›

Beautiful 32-page brochure devoted exclusively to the Leviathan.  27 photos with mostly amazing full-page interior views.  Mostly first class, there are a few views in second class.  Some of the more unusual photos include the breakfast room of one of the “Premier” suites, the Tea Room, a corner of the… read more ›

Deck plan for second class aboard Leviathan.  When opened, it measures 37″ x 22″.  Great logos.  Color coded, would look great framed.  Dated April, 1929.  Some separation at the folds otherwise excellent.

How many times when reading about your favorite ships have you wished that you could see photos taken from very unusual locations on board?  Well, here’s one such photo.  Unusual view of the bow taken from the crow’s nest during her war duty.  Lots of army types milling about.  Unused. … read more ›

Very heavy seas as Leviathan plows through the waves.  She’s on war duty and covered up with life rafts.  Unused.  Excellent condition.


An outstanding brochure for the s.s. Manhattan.  In fact, it is by far the best brochure I ever remember seeing for her.  Runs 24 page with one huge photo on nearly every page.  I guarantee you have never seen her interiors like this!  Dated October, 1932, this is one of… read more ›

Cabin-class plan for the ss Republic.  Dated June, 1924, this plan opens to about 41” x 28” so it’s quite large.  Color coded and detailed right down to the deck chair placement.  Did you know she had a dark room?  She was built for Hamburg-America and entered service as the… read more ›

Beautiful supreme stand for serving shrimp cocktail.  Great piece because it still has the glass liner that is missing from most examples.  Both the base and silver top ring are marked “US Lines 52.”  The base has use dings and marks.  Stands 4½” tall, not including the glass insert.  Several… read more ›

You might claim the interiors of the United States were a bit sterile compared to the Queens although the Big Ship’s style has become shockingly popular with the vast rise in popularity of mid-century furniture.  I don’t think anyone could knock the simple beauty and elegance of the Manhattan pattern… read more ›

Although not unique to the ssUS, the classically beautiful silver pattern used on board is one of the loveliest ever to go to sea.  This silver coffee pot by the International Silver Co. is fully marked “US Lines 52″ on the bottom.  Stands 9¼” tall (including the finial) and is… read more ›

Silver creamer in the Manhattan pattern by the International Silver Co.  Stands 4½” tall x 5¼ from handle to spout.  Marked on the bottom “1 MD.”  I have heard some theories for what this means but have not seen any proof.  The speculation is “first-class main dining room.”  Anyone know… read more ›

International silver oyster fork marked United States Lines.  In the famous Manhattan pattern.  In excellent condition.

Here is an item I have never had before.  Reaching nearly 8” long, this iced-tea spoon is so American that it is fitting that the Big U had some.  Made by International Silver and marked for United States Lines.

Useful and well made silver tray from the United States on-board service.  Sporting the famous Manhattan pattern and made by International Silver in 1952.  Measures about 6½” in diameter so a great size for displaying.  A small quantity available.

Silver-plated sugar bowl from the ssUS.  Stands 2¼” tall x is 4½” from handle to handle.  Made by International Silver Co., and marked “US Lines 52.”  Several available, and all in great condition.

From the ship’s on-board service.  Made by International Silver and back marked United States Lines.  Perfect to put with your USL coffee cup and saucer!  Excellent condition.

An oddity on offer is a stainless steel kosher iced-tea spoon made by Insico Stainless and marked for the United States Lines . A Star of David on the top of the handle along with some wear to the handle.  Measures about 8” long.  Never seen another.

Ever wondered what it was like to auction an entire Ship of State?  Well, aside from a lot of work, the answer is in this huge catalog.  Nicely illustrated and worth the purchase price alone for some of the archivals that Guernsey’s trotted out from the china, silver, and crystal… read more ›


This brochure dates to before the maiden voyage because she is listed “entering Atlantic service.”  Runs 14 pages and is filled with 11 full-color illustrations and black-and-white photos of the United States and America.  Sought after and in mint condition with original envelope.

A first-class cabin chair from Sports Deck Cabin “B” on the ss United States.  Still in its original ship-board upholstery, which is in excellent condition and has been professionally cleaned.  This is one of the cabin chairs that escaped the reupholstering in the late 1960’s when the company was having… read more ›

What an superb piece!  Lots of people have furniture from the ss United States, but how many people can say they have the “captain’s” chair?  Well, now you can!  Fully marked on the bottom as coming from the Staff Captain’s Office.  The chair is sturdy and ready to be used… read more ›

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Great color-coded plan for cabin class.  Lots of colorful interior images.  She had surprisingly spacious cabins in second class.  It seems that most cabins have at least showers.  Combined with full air-conditioning, this equals full luxury in second class at the time.  Measures over 23″ when unfolded.  A bit of… read more ›


“Come on in.  The water’s fine!”  Excellent color-coded first-class plan for the United States.  There are so many cabins on Upper Deck and the deck is so long, that the plan has a fold-out!  Mint condition.  When the page for Upper Deck is unfolded, it measures about 40″.  Lots of… read more ›

Rarely seen plan for the third-class accommodations on board the United States.  Printed on glossy paper, this plan shows the added Writing Room and Library which were taken from first class around 1960 to increase the number of third-class public rooms.  In looking at the plan, I realized that none… read more ›


Absolutely superb brochure for the new ss United States.  24 pages with 20 full-color artist impressions of first, cabin, and tourist class.   Centerfold foldout is a broadside rendering of the new liner.  Dates to just prior to the maiden voyage which was primetime for the United States Lines.  One of… read more ›

A razor towel from the ssUS, complete with brass ring to hang it next to your sink. The marking “s.s. United States” confused me for a bit, but having talked with the previous owner about it, I am certain that it is a USL marking.  The former owner purchased it… read more ›


One of the highlights of any ss United States collection.  Commonly called “Show Plates,” these charger plates were on the table in first-class when the diner was seated and then were almost immediately taken away.  They were for show only as the gold would not stand up to much use…. read more ›

Given the vast numbers who crossed on her, gift shop items are surprisingly tough to find; so I am happy to offer this beautiful pin tray from the ship’s onboard shop, touting her as the “World’s trans-Atlantic Record Holder.”  I really like the blue ribbon running through the dish.  It… read more ›

Many tens of thousands of passengers sailed on the United States during her career.  Her popularity was never in doubt, and even in her last year she averaged nearly 70% occupancy rates.  The 1953 annual USL report to shareholders is before me as I write this.  It states somewhat drolly:… read more ›

Not typically seen this stationery from the ss United States.  The previous owner took it off the ship himself when he visited her in 1986.  Both the logo and the ship’s name are embossed onto the sheet.  In mint condition, and a small quantity is available.  Watermarked by the maker. … read more ›

Highly collectible coffee table from the first-class Smoking Room of the fastest liner ever to cross the Atlantic.  The top is unusual in that it is a simulated stone.  Although there are a few small chips out of it from being in storage for the last several decades, the table… read more ›

Highly sought-after aluminum stateroom vase from the ss United States.  Stands 13½” tall and is 7″ in diameter at the mouth.  See archival photo for one in use on board.  Typically, the vase has a few dings and a small dent from use on board.  The previous owner purchased this… read more ›

Lavishly illustrated brochure for the United States Shipping Board.  40 pages with one full-page photo to nearly every page.  Covers ships such as the Leviathan, George Washington, America, Pan America, etc.  Extensive information on LASSCO, Pacific Mail, Munson Lines, United States Lines, etc.  Includes a route map.  In short, the… read more ›