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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, for one, love salvaged items.  I lament the huge and growing government intrusion into our freedoms, particularly in restricting sport diving by vastly expanding the number of wrecks that are now off limits.  Huge numbers of wrecks would not have been located, had their identities discovered, or even been… read more ›

Portrait souvenir spoon for the Arabic of 1902.  Lovely enamel badge at the top with a portrait of this ill-fated liner, which is mint.  Hallmark for 1908 on the back of the bowl.   Arabic was sunk by the German submarine U-24 on 19 August 1915.  Spoon is in mint… 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 ›

The best advertising piece Cunard White Star ever did for the Britannic.  It is good to see the White Star liner that lasted longest with Cunard was not treated as a red-headed step child within the company after the war.  CWS spent a fortune on Britannic’s post-war restoration with special… 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.

Souvenir bell from the Britannic of 1930.  Of all the souvenirs Cunard White Star produced, I like the fouled anchor bells the most.  Hard to get much more nautical in feel.  From the collection of Ron Johnson, Cunard’s New York manager.  I can deduce from Mr. Johnsons’s collection that Britannic… 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 ›

I have always been drawn to the OSNC logo, which as I’m sure you know ,stands for Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, i.e. the formal name of the White Star Line.  (Cunard’s was the British and North American Mail Steam Packet Company.)  Interestingly, White Star seems to have stopped using this… read more ›

A beautiful asparagus in the lesser-known flow-blue pattern as used on Olympic and Titanic in second class prior to World War I.  This pattern is rarer than the commonly seen Delft.  Dated 1913 on the back.  Measures about 9.5″ long x 6.25″ wide.  In excellent condition with very light and… read more ›

I spend a considerable amount of time working on forthright descriptions of the items I bring to you.  I do my best to bring you high-quality items, and thus I often find myself describing things in similar ways.  After all, how often can you reinvent a description for, say, a… read more ›

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White Star Line third-class egg cup.  In the pattern used on Olympic and Titanic.  Third class-china is tough to come by, perhaps the passengers were more apprehensive about taking souvenirs.   It measures about 2″ tall.  In very good condition with some light unstained crazing.

Very rare third-class salt dish from the pattern used on Olympic and Titanic.  For obvious reasons, very little specialty china was produced or used in third class.  It was mostly bowls, dishes, and cups  and saucers.  There are a precious few exceptions, this happily being one.  In excellent condition with… read more ›

One of the rarest and nicest White Star china items for any collection.  The three-lobed serving dish as used on Olympic and salvaged from Titanic.  I suspect these were used as part of the ubiquitous hors d’oeuvre variés that was nearly always on the first-class dinner menu.  The dish sports… read more ›

One of the nicest pieces of White Star china in the turquoise-and-brown pattern available.  Lovely creamer with a full hand-painted White Star house flag on the front.  This pattern was used on board White Star ships from 1889 to the 1930’s.  Stands about 3″ tall.  All of the turquoise tendrils… read more ›

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 ›

Very rare White Star crystal mustard pot.  In excellent condition with its original spoon.  The spoon by Elkington has it all — a burgee, a 5-pointed star, and the “Maltese” cross.  It is dated 1921.  It measures about 2″ tall by 2.5″ wide.  Finding real White Star crystal is not… read more ›

Cute souvenir pill box from White Star’s Doric with a full enameled White Star logo complete with the ship’s name on the front.  Enamel is perfect.  No chips or cracks.  Not a ship that we see many souvenirs for.  It’s quite useful too.  Measures about 2.25″ 1.75″.  After a collision… read more ›

Impressive deck plan for White Star’s last ship, the Georgic.  Sports 14 large images of the ship on glossy paper.  There is no doubt that she was far bolder than her sister Britannic of 1930 since her interiors are quite Art Deco and very stylish as the photos in this… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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.

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.

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.

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 ›

Bronze decorative acanthus leaf from a first-class corridor on Olympic.  When walking down first-class hallways, the decorative coving near the ceiling hid electrical wiring.  These were used to hide the seams in the coving woodwork at ceiling level.  Made of solid bronze, very heavy and well made.  Measures about 6″… 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 desirable Olympic cigarette tin.  This is much larger than the match safe tins that come up from time to time.  There are a few scratches to the paint, but otherwise, it is in excellent condition.  Measures about 4¼” x 3”.  The inside talks about the “largest British steamer,” thus… read more ›

Ultra rare full-color cutaway of RMS Olympic.  Produced around the time of her triumphant return to service after World War I.  It measures about 49″ x 10″ and is in stunning full color on both sides.  This is the show stopper any White Star or Olympic collection is looking for. … read more ›

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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 ›

The best first-class deck plan I have ever carried for the “Old Reliable.”  Interestingly, it is dated July, 1913, and reprinted after the war in 1920, listing the à la carte restaurant simply as the “B Deck dining saloon.”  I love just sitting down with an Olympic deck plan and… read more ›

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Olympic’s decking!  This is a nice long section of Olympic’s pine decking.  As with the staircase moulding, much of this was cut up into smaller segments; so very few really long sections survive. This pine decking comes directly to us from Olympic via the Haltwhistle paint factory.  It measures about 46″.

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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.

A writing pen made from Olympic’s timbers.  These were made custom for me by Ray Cowell, who once owned the paint factory that was outfitted with fittings from Olympic. Measures about 3.5″.

Quarter-sawn oak from RMS Olympic takes center stage with this pen holder carved from her timbers.  Just look at that grain.  These were made custom for me by Ray Cowell, the gentleman who once owned the paint factory outfitted with hundreds of pieces from Olympic.  Stands about 6″ tall.

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 great condition (with a bent corner) and unused.

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 ›

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 ›

As we know, souvenirs aboard the great liners before World War I were sold by the ship’s barber, whose shop was stuffed with items that we can only drool over today.  Here is one of those pieces.  A ribbon plate from Olympic.  Measures about 7.25″ in diameter with no chips… read more ›

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 ›

Sterling silver spoon from RMS Olympic’s on-board gift shop.  This pre-war beauty was made in Birmingham and is dated 1913.  The enamel disk of Olympic coming out of a 5-pointed star is impressive.  Mint condition.

Here is something interesting.  Have you ever wanted to own something in the original paint from Olympic?  Well, now you can. This bit of molding from her grand staircase is still in the original green paint put on in 1932.  Some of the original gold wash is also present.  Measures… read more ›

Beautifully patterned linoleum floor tiles in alternating shades of green and cream as used on board 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 recovered from the wreck of the… read more ›

A rare red linoleum floor tile from RMS Olympic that is framed in pine decking from Olympic!  The red tiles are identical to those used on Titanic and are much rarer than the green tiles.  Very few of these survive in good condition.  One of the key differences in Olympic… 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 ›

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 ›

A stunning and very rare silver fruit bowl from Olympic’s restaurant service.  It is made by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths and is simply beautiful with embossed fruits in the bottom of the bowl.  It measures about 11″ x 8.5″ and is in very good condition although very slightly out of round,… read more ›

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 ›

Very collectible White Star napkin ring.  Pre World War I.  In excellent condition. Shows the typical use marks.  No loss to the silver and numbered on the reverse.  A pair available — one plain and one with a beaded edge.

Impressive and decorative silverplated sauce dish.  By our old friends Elkington and dated to 1930.  Perhaps made for Britannic.  Happily, it is in the famous reed-and-star pattern.  Not only is that the world’s favorite White Star silver pattern, but of course, it is the pattern introduced on Olympic and Titanic. … read more ›

I find White Star china and silver patterns quite intriguing.  Every time I find a new photo and think, wow, maybe we will learn how a pattern was used, I am often stymied as the photo shows the typical patterns in use and not the rarer items I’m after.  Silver… read more ›

Made famous in the blooper from the movie “A Night to Remember” (that somehow made it into the movie!), 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… read more ›

Beautifully made white-enamel cap badge as worn by stewards on board White Star ships.   This is one of those five-pointed beauties that I have always wanted in my personal collection so I am sure many of you will too!  Measures about 1″ across and in very good condition.  See archival… read more ›

The Clover Club in Philadelphia put on a play called “The Gay Deceivers” to benefit the Titanic survivors in May, 1912.  This is the original flyer.  You can imagine the outpouring of grief over the tragedy and all the attempts to help.  This is a direct connection to that.

A White Star brochure I haven’t offered before for tourist-third class on Majestic, Olympic, Homeric.  Eight page with nine images, most full page.  Great graphics, and text is in French.  Sports a very interesting view of the 3rd class smoking room on Olympic now redecorated for tourist-class.  It is fascinating. … 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 ›

A hardbound book of White Star company magazines that run from September, 1924, to  August, 1925.  Packed with info on the liners, photos of the ships, the famous travelers, and filled with travel advice, jokes, and old yarns.  It is a fascinating read and a treasure trove of information from… read more ›

Want to be like me and own loads of shares of bankrupt companies?  Well, here is your chance.  In 1927, the International Mercantile Marine Co. sold the White Star Line to Royal Mail group.  The transaction made White Star British owned again, but that didn’t last long.  IMM had to… read more ›