Mint condition deck plan for the ss America. Dated March, 1957. Sports 8 images of her comfortable and inviting interiors. Measures about 32″ x 9″ when opened.
Mint condition deck plan for the ss America. Dated March, 1957. Sports 8 images of her comfortable and inviting interiors. Measures about 32″ x 9″ when opened.
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 ›
The United States Lines is just about the only company I can think of that offered both double-handled and handle-less bouillon cups for the obligatory deck-chair sip. Why this was done is a mystery to me. Hopefully one of you can unravel it. It seems odd that a hot liquid… read more ›
In what was a good idea (but a long shot that did not really pay off), a friend of mine wrote to some of the famous movie stars of the 1950’s and asked if they had anything of interest from the great post-war liners. One star responded that the crossing… 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.
The famous grey star pattern as used on the super liner United States. Both the cup and the saucer are made by Mayer, the original supplier of china to the United States. Mayer china is very cool because it is almost always dated. The first number is the quarter of… read more ›
An interesting plain grey pattern cup and saucer as used on board the ssUS. As can be seen in the still from a video made on board, this china was used right alongside the Greystar pattern. The saucer is Mayer and is dated from the second quarter of 1958. The… read more ›
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.
Oval bowl used as a vegetable dish on board. Measures 5½” and made by Lamberton. Excellent condition. This was purchased at the United States auction by the prior owner. Excellent condition.
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.
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.
The United States Lines did lovely souvenir lapel pins in white enamel; so it stands out very well on a dark jacket. Not often seen, this pin is for the famous Manhattan, the first ship to have an air-conditioned room. Her first-class dining room was air-conditioned in 1932! Given that… 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.
Small glossy color pamphlet for the ss United States and ss America. I have not seen another like this one before. 7 images from both ships dating to the mid 1950s – pre jet! In mint condition.
The ss United States is so popular that her first-class deck plans sell out fast. Dated March, 1957, it has 8 full-color glossy images and measures about 48″ x 9″ when opened. Absolutely mint condition.
Don’t you just love United States Lines’ miniature deck plans? It covers all 3 classes on the Big U and sports 12 photos of her. Measures about 36″ x 20″. Dated July, 1957. In excellent condition.
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 ›
Extremely rare and, I might add, quite lovely comforter with a butterfly motive from the ss United States. What makes this one especially important is it is the bedspread from the Duck Suite. Even better, I have both from this cabin. If you don’t believe the apocryphal story about the… read more ›
First-class cabin bedspread from the ss United States. Many of these twin-sized bedspreads are marked with individual cabin numbers on a tag that says “ss United States,” and all are in very good to excellent condition. These are typically all a bit larger than their second- and third-class cousins. I… read more ›
Second-class twin-size bedspread from the “Big Ship.” Like the Queen Mary, the United States used the same fabric patters in many cabins, but there were different color schemes so all the staterooms didn’t look alike. I have two variations of this pattern in this cool mid-century-modern pattern, which I refer… read more ›
I call this pattern “Brown Loop.” The colors I have seen this pattern in are green, brown, and yellow. It is a great pattern because it is so stylish but neutral at the same time. It really fits well in any home with any decorative scheme. Each twin-sized bedspread is… read more ›
12-page brochure describing the interesting sand art in the Navajo Lounge on board the ss United States. Measures about 6½” x 4½”. Absolutely mint.
Chair straps from the dining room of the ss United States. The straps went around the chairs and hooked to the tables to keep you from moving around in rough seas. They are very different from those used on European liners. I think of them as chair bras. I suspect… read more ›
Useful chair from the doctor’s waiting room on Hull 488, or the ship better known as ss United States. Over the last few years, I have handled loads of furniture from the ship that was reupholstered towards the end of her life. One of the things I have taken away… 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 ›
Great color cut-away of the United States. Reverse has many interior views and a blurb about the Hales Trophy. These frame fantastically. Opens to 32″ x 9″. These are extremely popular!
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 ›
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 ›
A pair of what I consider the best chairs put on the greatest ship America ever produced. Great two-tone leather in orange and dark brown. Just think of all the famous people who sat in these chairs enjoying a drink, a smoke, and cards in convivial company while the fastest… read more ›
A first-class cabin footstool from Sports Deck Stateroom A. Still in its original ship-board upholstery, which is in excellent condition. The upholstery has been professionally cleaned. The footstool is complete and even has the tag showing when it was last upholstered on the ship. In this case it was on… read more ›
Useful and cool stateroom hat hook from the Big U. Use these in your home as I have done in mine. I have a pair of them up in my garage, and I hang baseball caps on them. Several available.
Looking for the perfect way to enhance your display of ss United States china? This tea towel was made for that purpose. Sporting the famous eagle logo and with “United States Lines” woven into the fabric, it also has a date year of 1967. In excellent condition measuring about 37”… read more ›
Fare list for the ss United States and ss America dated June, 1958. Aside from the fascinating fares — which cabin would you chose? — there is loads of other information such as the cost to ship pets, cars, bikes, baby carriages, and much more. Mint condition.
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 on-board shop, touting her as the “World’s trans-Atlantic Record Holder.” I really like the blue ribbon running across 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 ›
Extremely rare and, I might add, quite lovely comforter as used in the suites on the ss United States. This neutral pattern would be great in any home. This comforter was from the spare stores on the ship and is marked as such. In those days of heavy smoking, loads… 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 ›
Want to dine on the incomparable ss United States? This is a complete setup of ssUS first-class dining room furniture. It is the entire thing with all the parts — chairs, tables, and straps for rough weather. I am nearly certain that no one has put this entire set together… 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 ›