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Superb brochure for the America.  24 pages with 21 images of first, cabin, and tourist class.   Centerfold broadside rendering with color cut-away renderings of four cabin types showing the various layouts.  Dates to the early… read more ›

Mailed from the somewhat strange maiden voyage of the United States Lines’s ss America.  Because of WWII raging in the Atlantic, she went down to the Caribbean on a cruise rather than the usual transatlantic… 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.

Not often seen beer goblet from the service of the ss United States.  In excellent condition and measures about 6″ tall.  Have your next craft brew in style! A few available.

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… read more ›

Hefty water tumbler as used in the staterooms on board the ss United States.  These came directly from a couple who purchased them at the auction of the ship’s fittings in 1984.  Measures about 4″ tall… read more ›

Oversized artist-rendering card of the ss Leviathan, “The World’s Largest Liner.”  This is a huge book-post-size card.  In near mint condition.  Measures 10 3/8″ x 5 3/8″.  Unused.

Nice diminutive brochure for the ss Leviathan that runs 32 pages with 13 photos, not including two pages of many pictures of famous passengers.  Many unusual views, such as a corner of the library.  All… read more ›

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 being… read more ›

Proudly proclaiming the USL’s ss Manhattan as the largest ship ever built in America, this is a first-day cover that was mailed August 10, 1932.  In excellent condition.

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. … 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… 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… read more ›

Cute silver bowl in the Manhattan pattern.  Perhaps this is a finger bowl given the size.  Made by International Silver, it is dated 1951.  Very good condition with some use marks.

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… read more ›

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.

Glossy full-color foldout brochure for the ss United States.  Showing life on board and accommodations for both first and second class.  23 photos.  Dates to the mid 1960’s.  We know this because it literally took… read more ›

I’m really opening doors for you now!  Doors that don’t exist anymore, that is, perhaps out outside of some Turkish farm house.  Aluminum key tag with key from on board the ss United States.  This… 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. … read more ›

Bath towel from the ss United States.  A pair available.  Both marked “United States Lines” with one dated ’62 and the other one dated ’61.  They measure about 45″ long and 23″.  Made by Martex… 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… read more ›

Lovely one-handled silver ice cream dish made by Gorham and marked “United States Lines.”  A piece I have rarely seen available, which comes directly from the gentleman who bought it at the auction in 1984. … read more ›

Great graphics on this USL baggage sticker.  Excellent condition.  Put one on your luggage!  This is cheaper than the souvenirs on cruise ships.

So there are rate booklets and then there are rate booklets.  This is the latter!  This dates to November, 1952, and thus shows some of the earliest sailings of the Big Ship.  It’s fun to… read more ›

Passenger fare book for the ss United States and ss America.  Two dates available so chose January, 1964 or July, 1962.  You can see one reason why airlines put such a hurt on the liners. … read more ›