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Because of the collapse in passenger figures brought about by the new American immigration quotas, all the steamship lines were struggling to fill berths in the 1920’s.  The old second class, now rebranded as “tourist third,” came into being around 1926.  This plan, dating to February of 1928, folds open… read more ›

We all love a deck plan, especially one in such good condition!  White Star put all their hope in tourist-third class in the late 1920’s.  The depressed nature of transatlantic shipping demanded it.  Passenger figures did come up some and had it not been for the depression things might have… read more ›

Lovely on-board souvenir sugar “duster” spoon as purchased in the barbershop on Adriatic.  Likely pre war.  Excellent condition with no loss of silver or damage to the enamel.  Not a ship we see many souvenirs for.

I take great pains to only put enameled items on Luxury Liner Row that have no damage to the enamel. So I am happy to offer this silver pill box, as sold in the gift shop on SS Baltic, as it is in excellent condition. Sporting a great pre war… read more ›

This spoon really surprised me when I polished it.  The gold wash in the bowl and the hand-painted ship with enamel funnels really popped and display the quality and skills with which it was made 100+ years ago.  Marked “sterling” but no other hallmarks; so I don’t know who made… read more ›

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How fortunate we the collector are that the United Kingdom long ago setup the hallmark system?  This sterling silver souvenir spoon is thus easily dated to its manufacture in Birmingham, England, back in 1904.  It is no coincidence that this is also the year Baltic entered service.  Perhaps it was… read more ›

It does not get much earlier than this for the third Britannic.  A preliminary deck plan dated October, 1929!  It would be another eight months before she entered service.  In very good condition with some staining and one four-inch tear at a fold.

Cunard’s famous Sunshine Cruises of the 1930’s and 1940’s brought us many great brochures.  In this instance they include color-coded deck plans for the fantastic White Star Britannic of 1930.  Sports 19 images of the ship and her interiors and decks.  Because the plan is for a cruise, both first… read more ›

Britannic at the landing stage for the first time and on her maiden voyage to boot!  This sharp real photo postcard captures her H&W look which was quite distinctive, and she has loads of features identical to what was on the Olympic class ships.  Posted but in excellent condition.

Lovely ship’s wheel pin with crossed US and UK flags.  Most likely from the 1950’s.  I have often wondered why Cunard never built another motor vessel.  Britannic gave great service and sipped fuel oil compared to her similarly sized fleet mates.  She burned about 90 tons a day versus Queen… read more ›

A superb mahogany waste basket from White Star’s Britannic of 1930.  Marked on the base “Brit A52,” this comes from one of the better first-class cabins on board — a double stateroom with an attached bath.  A lovely mahogany veneer that in the right light appears to have light and… read more ›

One of White Star’s most lavish brochures created in the midst of the depression.  This would be one of the last brochures for Adriatic and Baltic.  Celtic and Cedric having already gone.  Runs 24 pages with nearly one full photo per page.  Images would scan well.  Very interesting to compare… read more ›

Some Titanic connections on this first-class passenger list for Cedric’s July 19, 1905, sailing to Liverpool.  In command is H. J. Haddock, who was briefly Titanic’s first captain.  Also onboard is Chief Steward A. Latimer, who would have the same job on Titanic and lose his life in the sinking. … read more ›

Fantastic bone-china diner plate in the much-sought-after Greek Key pattern and identical to one pattern brought up from Titanic.  Made by Spode Copeland and date marked 1928, this dinner plate measures 9½ ” in diameter.  In very good condition with the typical wear to the gold OSNC logo.  There are… read more ›

There are three sizes of White Star cups and saucers, and in order of increasing size (and rarity), they are demi tasse, tea cups, and hot chocolate cups.  This hot chocolate cup and saucer is an amazing example of rarely seen White Star china.  This well-known turquoise-and-brown pattern was introduced… read more ›

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In the 1920’s, White Star introduced many new patterns of china.  This was done partly to keep up with changing design tastes but mostly to save money on production.  Invariably, the newly chosen patterns were less expensive to manufacture than those used prior to the war.  This lovely second-class creamer… read more ›

One of the first pieces of china in my personal collection was a White Star Line side plate just like this one.  These lovely plates display so well.  They are made of fine-bone china like almost all White Star first-class dinnerware.  Plates like these were on the table when the… read more ›

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Now is the time to enhance your ocean-liner collection with this beautiful bone-china White Star Line demi-tasse cup and saucer.  Just think of the craftsmanship in this set.  Hand made china that was glazed, fired, had brown decals applied by hand, fired, gold leafed, hand-painted flag added, turquoise “tongues” applied… read more ›

Excellent condition pen knife from her onboard gift shops.  No rust to the blades and no damage to the celluloid mother of pearl handle.  Unknown makers mark at the base of the largest blade.  Works perfectly.

Reverse-painted butterfly-wing souvenirs were all the rage for ocean liner gift shops in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Did you know they were also quite popular in the 1930’s?  Nice art deco octagon-shaped powder box with some slight evaporation to the wings.  Otherwise, it looks unused right down to its mirror… read more ›

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A silver-plated spoon for soft cheese as sold in Georgic’s souvenir shop.  Excellent condition, and as you know, anything from her days as a purely White Star Liner is tough to find.  In excellent condition and measures about 5¼” long.

The Worlds Largest Ship!  Majestic and Leviathan were not just vying with each other for the title of the largest ship in the world, they were also vying for speed records.  Here is how that worked.  Leviathan and Majestic were the second-fastest ships on the Atlantic in the 1920’s and… read more ›

Amazing real photo postcard of Majestic in the King George V Graving Dock.  She looks massive because she was!  Unused and in excellent condition.  This is image 37 from the set.

Image 36 in this real photo postcard series of the largest liner in the world being dry docked in Southampton.  Not really a looker from her stern angle, was she?  I bet if you scan this card you could discern the White Star flags in the scroll work of her… read more ›

A real photo postcard in the style of Hoffman showing Majestic’s altar.  Like Olympic, it seems the altar was setup in second class on Majestic.  Interestingly, many of Majestic’s religious artifacts ended up on the Queen Mary and thus were sold into private collections when the Mary arrived in Long… read more ›

I love these color interior cards!  So vibrant and colorful.  This one is for Majestic’s impressive entry hall.  These Ballin ships were spacious in the extreme.  Unused and in excellent condition.

Great real photo postcard of the Caledonia, ex-Majestic, arriving in the Firth of Forth.  Note her cut-down masts.  This was done in order to get the ship under the amazing Firth of Fourth Bridge.  Unused with a date written on the back that looks like April 10, 1937, the day… read more ›

A view I have never seen before.  Majestic’s swimming pool is always photographed looking the other way.  Even the artist cards focus on the “grand descente” into the space.  Nice to finally see what the rest of the room looked like.  Also interesting that they kept the pool after the… read more ›

Bow-on real photo post card of Majestic in the King George V Graving Dock.  These appear to be a part of a set taken all during the same dry docking.  This image is number 36 in the set.  Unused and in excellent condition.

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A pair of the last cards printed for Majestic.  The White Star version and the Cunard White Star overprint from 1935.  Both unused, the CWS version has an ink spot on the front and some slight spots on the back top corners where it was attached to an album.

Early Art Deco style silver napkin ring as sold onboard the RMS Majestic.  Superb full-enamel corporate logo.  You knew you were on the largest ship in the world, and White Star owned her.  Just imagine the woman or man picking this up in the ship’s barber shop for someone back… read more ›

A ship we see little for, Megantic and her sister Laurentic inaugurated White Star Canadian service and were test beds for the Olympic-class engine technology. Beautiful woven-in-silk post card which is unused and in excellent condition.

RMS Oceanic cuts a fine figure in this real photo postcard showing her at the Liverpool Landing Stage.  White Star’s tender Magnetic can be seen at her side.  I have always thought Oceanic was one of the best looking ships to ever come out of Harland & Wolff.  Long and… read more ›

I really dig the woven in silk cards.  For some reason, they seem to appear very, very rarely for ships from the 1920’s.  These were all the rage in the pre-World War I era, which is when this card dates from.  Not commonly seen, especially for a ship as collectable… read more ›

Several years ago, I had a number of sets of bookends made out of decking from the Olympic.  Each pair of bookends is identical in design although they are slightly different in size and of course, the graining is different because five three-foot lengths of decking were used to make… read more ›

Another rarely seen White Star brochure with great cover art.  This one covers Olympic’s and Majestic’s second class with 12 pages and a full photo on every page.  The center double-page spread is a stunning and not-often-seen painting of ss Olympic by the renowned Montague Black, circa 1913.  The brochure… read more ›

A decorative strap from a first-class corridor on Olympic.  When walking down first-class hallways, the decorative coving seen in this photo from the Haltwhistle paint factory hid electrical wiring.  These straps were used to hide the seams in the coving woodwork at ceiling level.  See the photo of the strap… read more ›

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This pine decking comes directly to us from Olympic via the Haltwhistle paint factory.  I will supply a certificate of authenticity if you wish (although you know I guarantee every item and don’t sell reproductions).  This piece measures about 3¼” long x 4½” wide by 2¾” high.  As time went… read more ›

First-class linoleum corridor tiles from Olympic that were installed in a paint factory in Haltwhistle, England, until sold at auction in 2004.  You can see the tiles in the close-up archival of a D Deck corridor that I’ve included.  Each measures about 12″ square and comes complete with the four… read more ›

Touching the River Lagan for the first time, Olympic is in her natural element.  She was at this point undergoing the most stress she would ever experience in her career, and I think it would have been fun to ride her down into the river.  Thomas Andrews must be anxiously… read more ›

Unused and unusual gummed sticker for mail posted on Olympic.  Measures about 2″ long.  Excellent condition.  A small quantity available.

Breakfast menu from second-class for Olympic’s crossing in August, 1913.  Any pre-war item for Olympic is sought after but especially something like this — showing her image and listing her as the largest liner in the world.  This is a title she had only just lost to the HAPAG liner… read more ›

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Olympic in the 1920’s was the pinnacle of White Star and the cream of the world’s travelers sailed on her in first class.  This full list represents that with more than its fair share of maids, valets, and the famous and titled.  A Guggenheim amongst the crowd.  He was the… read more ›

A pen made from Olympic wood.  These were made for me specially by the owner of the Haltwhistle paint factory from various types of wood used on Olympic.  This one is mahogany.  These have been very popular and I only have one left.  In mint condition.

Dramatic original press photo of Olympic in the floating dry dock in Southampton.  Measures about 8″ x 6″.  Very clear and very close!  This is not a postcard.

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Now available!  A lavishly illustrated history by Brian Hawley of one of the greatest liners ever built — White Star’s RMS Olympic.  Highlights of this 128-page softcover book include dozens of unpublished and never-before-seen photographs, a “walking tour” of Olympic using photos likely taken during Senator Smith’s visit to the… read more ›

A lovely artist card by Norman Wilkinson of RMS Olympic passing Fort Clinton at the tip of Manhattan.  Not one of the more common cards White Star issued for her.  In excellent unused condition with only the slightest of corner bumps.

One of the nicer cards ever issued for Olympic.  There’s something very soothing about it.  In excellent condition and unused.

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The French did fantastic and interesting ocean liner postcards, often taken from imaginative angles and showing ships in unique ways.  This card for Olympic holds true to that rule.  Judging by the changes to the ship and lifeboat configuration, this dates to the early 1920’s.  Unused and in excellent condition.

Two of the most famous liners ever built are featured in this real photo postcard.  Olympic and Mauretania are front and center and thus showcase the commodious size of Olympic compared to the previous holder of the size record.  Posted in Southampton in August, 1927, the image was taken sometime… read more ›

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Rarely seen oversized book-post card of Olympic.  She’s brand new and sitting in the River Mersey during her salute to the city in June, 1911.  Very large, measuring about 10½” x 5½”.  Unused and has details on the bottom that let us know this is early 1920’s.  Some slight curving… read more ›

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Cute silver-plated souvenir candy dish from RMS Olympic.  In very good condition with lovely enamel logo.  Measures about 4” in diameter.  These can be seen for sale in her barber shop.  Quality souvenirs for Olympic are, as you all know, highly sought after.  This one is a centerpiece to any… read more ›

Beautifully patterned linoleum floor tiles in alternating shades of green and cream as used in first-, second-, third-class, and crew areas of the Olympic.  Archival photographs of the liner’s interior show these tiles in use in the barber shop and other public areas.  Tiles of this identical pattern have been… read more ›

A classic, timeless view of Olympic’s A-deck promenade.  Noted on the back is “Jan 1928 Aboard The Olympic”.  Unpublished and measures about 4¼” x 3¼”. In excellent condition.

A first-class passenger snapped this photo of third-class children playing a game where you eat an apple hung by a string while your hands are bound.  A scene that must have been repeated hundreds of times over the course of Olympic’s life.  Note the storm windows bolted to the bulwark… read more ›

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Superb first-class bread/fruit basket by Elkington.  Boldly sporting the famous reed-and-star pattern introduced for use on Olympic and Titanic, this particular serving dish is also emblazoned with oak leaves, acorns, shells, and not one but two White Star house flags.  Also has our old friend the Maltese Cross.  Date marked… read more ›

Made famous in the movie “A Night to Remember,” White Star did indeed use sugar shakers although perhaps less enthusiastically than in the movie.  This example is in the reed-and-star pattern as used on Olympic and Titanic.  Made by Elkington and dated marked 1930.  Some touches of silver missing and… read more ›

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Teutonic was shifted to secondary all-second-class service to Canada when Olympic entered service.  Majestic was laid up as a reserve ship although she was brought back out around the time of this log card to fill in however weakly for the lost Titanic.  Teutonic averaged about 13 knots, which is… read more ›

American-produced advertising card for steerage passengers.  The deck plan is unmarked, but the cover art suggests Britannic or Germanic.  This probably dates to the 1880’s.  Proudly announces that steerage passengers were only carried upon the same decks as Saloon!  Slightly trimmed on two edges but does not affect plan or… read more ›

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Highly sought-after brochure for White Star’s “Big Three” service of the 1920’s.  White Star finally had the three-ship weekly service envisioned for Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic pre war, just not the way they had planned.  Full color first-class renderings.  Each ship gets equal treatment, but Olympic gets pride of place… read more ›

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A very unusual item.  The vast majority of souvenir wheel pins have the ship’s name on them.  This is a generic pin for White Star.  The perfect item to stock in a gift shop when you had a dozen ships.  Perhaps one passenger was shopping for another and did not… read more ›