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Private snapshots taken on board Carpathia are almost unheard of, and these are by far the best I’ve seen!  Six private photos taken during a crossing of various spots on deck and on board.  Whoever… read more ›

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Superb gouache painting of the Cunarder liner Servia.  Dated 1884, this painting shows the popular liner, which was the first Cunarder to be fitted with electric lighting throughout and the first to be built of… read more ›

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Rarely seen and much-sought-after passenger list from the RMS Carpathia, rescuer of the Titanic survivors less than two years after this list was printed.  Dated July 7, 1910, this first-class list is for her voyage… read more ›

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Souvenir log book purchased in the on-board gift shop of Lusitania.  This from a voyage in late September, 1909.  The passenger has filled in the days with the log detail.  A nice item to survive 115… read more ›

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Extremely rare table number from the first-class dining room of the French Line flagship ss Normandie.  Made of chrome plated brass, I believe.  Stands about 5.5″ tall with a little paint missing from both sides. … read more ›

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Very dramatic photo of the wreck of the Caribia (formerly the Cunarder RMS Caronia) on the breakwater at Apra Harbor, Guam.  Taken shortly after she ran aground, this is before she broke into three pieces… read more ›

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One of the earliest on-board ship newspapers you’ll ever find!  This one is from Cunard’s RMS Campania and is dated June 6, 1904.  Runs 8 pages with lots of interesting items.  My favorite is probably… read more ›

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Extremely rare piece of stationery from a cruise on board Aquitania with a color rendering of the liner at the top.  Folded but in great condition.  Never seen another!

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Lovely portrait ashtray from this famous French liner.  Measures about 4.5″ in diameter.  Marked on the back “Orchies Moulin des Loups & Hamage, France.”  A touch of crazing here and there.

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Here’s an odd piece!  Unusual porcelain souvenir from the ss Normandie in the shape of a watering can.  Color portrait on the front of her at sea.  Stands about 5.25″ tall.  No damage but some… read more ›

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Stunning stand-up dinner menu for the post-war service of Aquitania before she was returned to Cunard for her post-war refit.  Embossed Cunard logo surrounded by garlands, the ship is labeled as “HMT Aquitania.”  Measures about… read more ›

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Extremely hard-to-find menu from the Aquitania’s post-war service while she was still in government service.  Dated March 28, 1919, this menu has a note on the back that it was kept by an officer returning… read more ›

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Fine second-class Lusitania passenger list for her voyage from Liverpool to New York on 30 December 1911 with the ever-popular Captain James Charles in command.  Aquitania is listed as “building.”  Some foxing throughout.

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Lovely petit brochure for the Aquitania, probably dating the 1920s.  10 photos, including one lovely portrait photo of her at sea.  Measures about 5.75″ x 3.5″  Excellent condition.

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A set of four photographs taken by the ship’s photographer during a storm in mid-Atlantic in March, 1930.  That would have been quite a ride!  How would you like to have been on board?  They… read more ›

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Press image of the interior of the ss Normandie after she burned.  Per the blurb: “Taken during the actual fire Monday…” meaning that this photo was taken before she capsized early in the morning of… read more ›

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Running 24 pages and full of information with 16 rarely seen photos.  She was an absolute beauty and is a ship I would love to have tried!  I always found it interesting that CGT, unlike… read more ›

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Lovely postcard of the ill-fated RMS Lusitania on the stocks at John Brown’s yard shortly before her launch.  What a day that must have been!  Unused and in excellent condition.

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One of those items that makes me say “wow”!  An exquisite ink well featuring the French Line’s Art Deco masterpiece, ss Normandie.  Overall, measures about 9.75″ long.  Unfortunately, the glass inserts that hold the ink… read more ›

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Souvenir pin tray from the French Line’s ss Normandie.  Measures about 5″ in diameter.  Originally sold by the ocean-liner dealer Ken Schultz as it still has his sticker on the back.

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Unusually shaped silver fork from the famed ss Normandie.  From her second-class service, this fork was made by Ercuis and is complete with hallmark.  Measures about 5″ long.

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Lovely and rarely seen fish knife by Christofle as used in the first-class dining room of the ss Normandie.  Measures about 8.25″ in length.  A touch of wear to the CGT logo on the back.

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Silver dinner fork from the first-class service of the ss Normandie.  Made by Christofle and measures about 8″ long.  Small bit of wear to the CGT logo on the back.

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A lovely wool cabin blanket from the French liner Normandie.  Has “CGT” and “1935” embroidered on both ends with lovely satin trim on either end.  Measures about 70″ x 53″.  In great condition with no… read more ›

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Very dainty and extremely attractive demi-tasse cup and saucer from the first-class à la carte restaurant of HAPAG’s ss Imperator, later Cunard’s Berengaria.  Marked with a super intertwined HAL logo on the cup, the cup… read more ›

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Another one of those “Wow” items!  A tea tray in a pattern used on board Cunarders in the pre-World War I period.  This is a part of the tea set from ships like Lusitania and… read more ›

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A lovely White Star Line knife in the reed-and-star pattern as used on board the RMS Olympic ad RMS Titanic.  Produced by Harrison Bros & Howson and marked with the White Star Line name and… read more ›

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In a very unusual turn, I can definitely say that this glass is from the RMS Queen Mary.  How do I know?  Here’s a little background:  A gentleman in his late 80s who lives in… read more ›

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The cabin door info plaque from the ss United States.  Entirely complete including the card which gave your steward’s name.  Often these cards are missing.  Mount one of these to your own interior door.  I… read more ›

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Elkington-plate ashtray used on board the White Star Line.  Not a souvenir.  This is an in-service silver ashtray.  Date coded to 1929.  Perhaps made for the new RMS Britannic which came out in 1930 or… read more ›

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Were you aware that there were 6 different sized meat dishes provided by International Silver to the United States Lines?  The line chose various sizes from 10″ to 22″ for use on board the Big… read more ›

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Were you aware that there were 6 different sized meat dishes (platters) provided by International Silver to the United States Lines?  The line chose various sizes from 10″ to 22″ for use on board the… read more ›

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Perhaps the most loved item of silver from the USL stewards’ perspective.  This “utility tray: was a catch all.  It was meant to go under just about anything.  The International Silver Co.’s catalog lists it… read more ›

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The holy of holies.  The highly sought after champagne bucket from the ss United States.  Like all of you, I just love the seashell handles.  This bucket is the equivalent to getting your checker crowned… read more ›

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A gorgeous and extremely hard-to-find silver fruit bowl from the on-board service of the ss United States.  Made by International Silver Company and date coded most interestingly to 1963.  It’s not very often that I… read more ›

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Oh, how I wish we had an inventory giving the exact number of each type of silver item used on board the ss United States.  This the pastry tray has to be one of the… read more ›

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Saddle up to the bar and enjoy a whiskey sour out of glassware from the famous ss United States.  Holding 5 ounces, these are a first for Luxury Liner Row as I haven’t ever had… read more ›

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A useful silver bread tray by International Silver and date coded to the maiden voyage of the ss United States.  Of particular interest is the “CD” stamped into the bottom of the piece.  This is… read more ›

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Isn’t this just the dish?!  Fantastic-condition White Star Line reed-and-star dish from the on-board service.  Measures about 10.5″ x 7.25″,  Made by Elkington plate and dated to 1932, meaning it was probably made for the… read more ›

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Ultra rare and highly sought after Lalique crystal glass from the on-board suites of the ss Normandie.  Made by and marked as such by the world-famous René Lalique.   A piece of Lalique that isn’t… read more ›

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Sycamore first-class suite chair from the RMS Queen Mary.  As you can see, it is sexily Art Deco in the extreme.  I hesitate to say there was only one of these on board, but who… read more ›

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What a cute and interesting item of United States Lines silver.  The inventory list for the silver used on board the ss United States shows this marked as a “casserolette.”  I suspect this was used… read more ›

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My last and finest piece of pine decking from the famous liner RMS Olympic.  Comes not only with its original auction tag from when I purchased it at the Haltwhistle auction nearly 20 years ago… read more ›

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Ah, the era before everything was plastic.  This lovely wooden serving tray comes to us from the RMS Queen Mary and was purchased from the estate of a woman who attended the sales in the… read more ›

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What’s rarer than silver from the famous ss Normandie?  Third-class serving items from the ss Normandie!  Likely made by Gallia for or in conjunction with Christofle, this is marked Alfenide which is an alloy made… read more ›

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When collecting Normandie, it is rare to see nice items from third class.  In fact, it is rare to see third-class pieces for the French Line at all. Measures about 5″ tall x 5.5″ handle… read more ›

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Silver-plated creamer from the ssUS.  Stands 2.75” tall x is 3.75” from handle to spout.  Made by International Silver Co., and marked “US Lines 62.”  In very good condition with a few small dings and… read more ›

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Silver-plated sugar bowl from the ss US.  Stands 2¼” tall x is 4½” from handle to handle.  Made by International Silver Co. and marked “US Lines 52.”  In great condition with no dents, just some… read more ›

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Miniature deck plan for the much-loved ss America of the United States Lines. Some interesting interior photos for all classes, and of course, the plan covers the entire ship. Measures about 27″ x 16″ and… read more ›

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Dated October, 1954, which was prime time for the United States Lines.  This tourist-class deck plan for the beautiful ss America has eight very large interior images of the public room.  What a beautiful ship… read more ›

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I haven’t offered one like this before.  This is marked “preliminary” and dated to January, 1952.  It is likely the earliest plan ever made for public consumption.  Excellent condition.  It has seven illustrations of the… read more ›

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Abstract of log from the famous ss United States.  This is for voyage 71 westbound on August 25, 1955.  Already holding the speed record and with no need to prove herself with a high-fuel-consuming crossing,… read more ›

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“A New Transatlantic Aristocrat.” As White Star Line said themselves, ” Our enthusiasm for the new Britannic would result in a description so flowery that the reader might be skeptical.” Running 24 pages and filled… read more ›

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What can I say?  I have only had a few of these in all the years I have been in this business, and it is one of the rarest and most collectible paper Normandie items… read more ›

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Direct to us from the ss United States and a fellow who attended her auction in 1984.  These are cocktail glasses according to the ships inventory.  They are not the champagne glasses as they are… read more ›

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I have had a few of these before.  I wish I had saved my previous description but figured they aren’t common enough and I wouldn’t often be able to mark them restocked.  Well, they still… read more ›

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Direct to us from the ss United States and a fellow who attended her auction in 1984. These are old-fashion glasses, according to the ship’s inventory.  I have measured them and they do hold exactly… read more ›

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Today, most ships are floated out of dry dock and not launched as typically was done back in the day of the grand liners.  One of the first to touch the water in this more… read more ›

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7 glossy full-color photos of life on board the great Cunard liners in the heyday era of the 1950s.  Comes in a cardboard holder with a nice image of Queen Mary’s first-class lounge on the… read more ›

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“The Cunard company have been pioneers in the perfection of accommodations for Cabin and Second Class passengers.  Nowhere have developments been greater than in the new fleet of giant one-funnel oil-burning Cunarders.” I couldn’t say… read more ›

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Interesting log abstract from the last transatlantic of the RMS Queen Mary.  From New York to Southampton.  She put up a very favorable speed of nearly 28 knots.  Captain Treasure Jones in command.  Made on… read more ›

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5 cardboard signs from the Big U.  I think some of them might be for embarkation or disembarkation day.  “Temporary Sitting Today Only,” for example, sounds like the stewards were busy getting the ship turned… read more ›

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Cunard Line, out of necessity and a sense for good management, invested a lot in their second-class accommodations in the 1920s.  This is likely the best brochures they ever produced for the service.  Obviously self… read more ›

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Lovely shield-shaped baggage tag for the famous French liner Normandie.  The French Line always produced amazing graphics!  Used by a Mrs. Hudson.

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Bone china creamer from the on board tea service of the Cunard Line.  Made by Foley this creamer stands almost 3″ tall and is 2” square.  In excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or crazing…. read more ›

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Two names stand out when it comes to ocean liner models.  One of them is Van Ryper, and the models are in great demand by collectors.  The name is famous, and the models are outstanding. … read more ›

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Andrea Doria.  The name conjures up images not only the tragic loss of one of the most beautiful ships ever built but also of one of the greatest sea rescues in history.  Premium items from… read more ›

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You know I enjoy bringing you something that really elevates a collection.  Well, this is one of those items!  A very highly sought-after bone-china serving dish from the first-class dining room as used on RMS… read more ›

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Exceedingly rare and very desirable crystal wine glass as supplied to RMS Olympic and other White Star liners.  Identical pattern to that used on RMS Titanic and recovered from the wreck site.  Measures about 4″… read more ›

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Normandie’s silver service was perhaps the finest ever used on any liner.  The Art Deco style and the distinctive ball handles are much sought after by collectors.  Marked with the classic CGT logo that has… read more ›

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A Puiforcat dinner fork used exclusively in the first-class private suites of Normandie. Only the finest and most important passengers would have ever even seen this bespoke pattern. The almost inconceivable luxury of Normandie’s suites… read more ›

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Poor Aurania.  She never saw commercial service and was being used as a transport for less than a year when torpedoed by the German U-Boat UB-67 during World War I.  Although taken in tow, she… read more ›

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Exceedingly rare and very desirable crystal wine glass as supplied to RMS Olympic and other White Star liners.  Identical pattern to that used on RMS Titanic and recovered from the wreck site.  Measures about 3.5″… read more ›

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Dating to the years prior to RMS Olympic and Titanic, this fork and knife are made by Mappin Brothers and are circa 1900-1910.  The pattern is a classic panel reed on the handle with some… read more ›

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Poor Aurania.  She never entered service for Cunard and was used as a transport for less than a year when torpedoed by the German U-Boat UB-67 during World War I.  Although taken in tow, she… read more ›

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Two names stand out when it comes to ocean liner models.  One of them is Van Ryper, and the models are in great demand by collectors.  The name is famous, and the models are outstanding. … read more ›

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I have over the years had a number of these special Normandie desk-top souvenirs.  You can’t really call them common, in fact, they are quite rare in this size and condition.  Rare as hen’s teeth. … read more ›

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I would have loved to see the presentation that went along with serving grilled meats on these skewers.  I’m assuming grilled?  I might say roasted, perhaps.  The charcoal grills used onboard the great liners suggest… read more ›

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Stand-up dinner menu dated 18 November 1906 from the ill-fated RMS Republic.  Just over two years later, she was lying at the bottom of the North Atlantic after a collision with the ss Florida.  The… read more ›

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Stand-up dinner menu dated 29 May 1904 from the ill-fated RMS Arabic.  Originally intended for the Atlantic Transport as their Minnewaska, the still uncompleted liner was transferred to White Star and renamed Arabic.  As with… read more ›

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Log abstracts from the ss America are not very common for some reason.  I would have loved to have sailed on this beautiful ship, even after she became the Australis.  On this voyage, she put… read more ›

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Just acquired a pair of bar stools from the Midships Bar, which was installed in the famous Long Gallery circa 1964.  The original Long Gallery is my favorite room on board!  How about you?  These… read more ›

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The mid 1950s were, in my opinion, not the best time for Cunard’s advertising department.  The artwork, brochures, flyers, posters, even the passenger lists are relatively bland.  Then they hit upon what might be the… read more ›

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I haven’t offered you one of these in quite some time.   A souvenir tie bar from the ship’s on-board gift shop.  Use it for your next event where you want to show off your collection.

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Here is a rarity indeed.  The launch brochure for the ss America dated August 31, 1939, and launched by Eleanor Roosevelt.  Sports a fantastic tipped-in full-color image of the ship.  In fact, the photo on… read more ›

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Wear your collection!  I am quite certain you will be the only person sporting one of these at the next liner event or ss United States Conservancy function.  This new, in-the-box 40-50-year old belt has… read more ›

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When I was a boy, my grandparents (both sets) had a plastic dispenser hanging in their bath room that held waxed-paper “Dixie Cups.”  I suppose this was considered the height of modernity in the 1950s… read more ›

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Beautiful pattern, beautiful size, and beautifully hallmarked are the phrases that spring to mind regarding this 1912 rarity.  A deep, silver serving dish by Christofle (of course!) and made for the French Line’s entry into… read more ›

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Van Ryper started his ship-modeling business in 1933 in Martha’s Vineyard.  The idea was straight forward — make handmade models in a very recognizable style.  The name is famous, and the models are outstanding.  But… read more ›

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Very fine tissue deck plans for the RMS Adriatic of 1907.  Famous member of the Big Four ships built from 1901-1907.  Covers her first class.  By this time, White Star Line was calling this cabin… read more ›

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Iconic advertising poster and the first one of its type I have had the pleasure of offering for America’s most-important ocean liner.  I very much lament the relatively sparse number of promotional pieces for the… read more ›

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Over 15 years ago now, I had the pleasure to pick the choicest items from the amazing Dr. Forbes collection when I helped clean out her storage units after her passing.  Dr. Forbes was the… read more ›

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Attractive sherry glass used on board the ss United States.  This came from a manager of the United States Lines, who was able to acquire it before the auction of the ship’s fittings in 1984,… read more ›

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Here is one I haven’t had in some time.  A cute brochure for the RMS Mauretania.  Using fold outs it covers the majority of the first-class sections of the ship.  Circa 1922-1925ish she is still… read more ›

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The odd and lengthy story of this saucer is quite interesting.  I first saw one back at a THS convention for Titanic’s 80th anniversary 30 years ago in 1992.  At that time a liner dealer… read more ›

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Very fine tissue deck plans for the RMS Baltic of 1904.  Famous member of the Big Four ships built from 1901-1907.  Covers her first class.  By this time, White Star Line was calling this cabin… read more ›

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United States Lines travel clock.  In mint condition.  Recently I bought the entire collection of a former manager of USL, who started with the company shortly after the Big U was retired.  As a manager,… read more ›

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“Your crossing on the United States or the America is so much more than a way to ‘get there’…. it’s a holiday in itself” says this interesting brochure for both ships.  Full color with loads… read more ›

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The United States Lines was keen to showcase the food, service, and clientele of our beloved Big U.  Favorite dishes are endorsed by the ship’s most-famous passengers, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  As… read more ›