Cunard and White Star

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Cunard Line: Queen Elizabeth Silver Souvenir Spoon:

Directly from the ship’s gift shop, comes this lovely silver souvenir spoon. Cunard’s lion crest and the Queens crown rest in an area of bright red enamel, while the “RMS Queen Elizabeth” rests on a bed of deep blue. The spoon is in excellent condition.

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Cunard Line: QE2 “Ships Have Been Boring Long Enough” Pre maiden brochure. Repriced

A nice copy of the famous brochure completed for the new QE2. This contains 31 pages of introductory info about all aspects of the ship including her maiden voyage and initial cruise schedule. There is a lovely cut away of the vessel and a great profile too. Lots of tids and bits of trivia about the ship … like the funnel design, mast, propellers etc etc. 2 pages are dedicated to “ship shapes” and different design elements of the ship .. Love the pictures of Snowflake china! The cover has some scuffs and age spots but the brochure is overall great condition and is a must have for the QE2 lover.

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Cunard Line: Small Queen Mary Lot

3 Queen Mary items from a 1958 voyage once owned by Jim Meinershagen’s mother. Could the name be anymore German? First is the turner portrait postcard, signed by Jim’s mother .. and postmarked in NYC May 6th 1958.The second item is a horse racing card … looks like there 4 races scheduled. Lastly is nice general information booklet (staples are rusty)… the landlubbers guide to ship speak =). 3 cute little items!

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Cunard line: Queen Elizabeth Dixon postcard

Lovely Arthur Dixon posted card for the Lizzie. Dixon was quite famous for his photography and scores of his famous images were made into postcards. Tens of thousands of these were printed and sold. This one is in almost perfect shape!

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Cunard Line: Onboard Cunard Shopping List

Great 2 part printed “shopping list”, the first part covers all general items available: the second part describes items available on specific ships. Interestingly, Tri-ang toys and ship models were offered on the Mary, and not the other ships. You could buy china an glassware on the Caronia, but interestingly not perfume ..seems odd! No date, but from the graphics and the Ford Consul shown in the adverts.. I’d date this to the late 50’s or early 60’s.

 

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Cunard Line: Passage rate folder 1950

PR folder released August 15th 1950. Cunard’s “A fleet” sure would have been raking in the post war cash and probably sailing close to capacity where this was printed. The Samaria had been downgraded to one class service and the folder also covers Donaldson Atlantic Lines one class ships: SS Laurentia and SS Lismoria. Great shape and informative!

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Cunard Line: Wine List 1966

A pristine little wine list from the Cunard line. The little list has hard covers and is spiral bound …contains 14 double sided tabbed pages from champagne to cider and ales. 2 other tabbed pages list cigars, cards and other amenities. The remaining 10 + pages include adverts for spirits and cigs!

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Cunard White Star Line: 2 copies of the Ocean Times from the QE.

2 great copies of the onboard newspaper : one from November 17 and the other November 19th 1950. Both issues are filled with news of the day and period adverts. The earlier issue has an empty crossword waiting for you to complete as well as “yesterdays” stock prices! The other issue has “yesterdays” sporting event news! Both are folded in half and have some bumps and wrinkles.

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Cunard White Star Line: Georgic General arrangement Plans for decks A-B-C-D.

WOW … wonderful deck arrangement plans for the CWS MV Georgic stamped and dated in march 1944. These cover the A-B-C-D decks for the ship when she was rebuilt after her wartime bombing. The plans are nicely detailed and contain some hand written notes. There is color coding and notes on each deck detailing the ventilation systems. The officers sure had a little more privacy … they occupied older cabins, white the troops stayed in large dormitory areas in standee bunk 3 high. This plan is in terrific shape with just a few browning areas. The picture only shows about 1/2 of the plan … it’s pretty big and hard to photograph!

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Cunard Line: QE2 Premier World Cruise 1975 brochure and deck plan set MM17

ALL I can say is wow .. this set of items is as pristine as you can get! First up is the textured embossed covered brochure for the cruise … which is packed with various sized onboard pictures of the ship and vintage dressed passengers. There is also a section on destination information .. and a full page printed apology insert from Cunard for their confusing 2 of the port descriptions! The second item is the MINT deck plan … which printed on heavy stock and printed on both sides. Both items were printed in October of 1973, well in advance of the first world cruise! If you love the QE2 ,,, this is a MUST have!

 

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Cunard Line: QE Writing Room Stationery: Restocked

Lovely sheet of onboard stationery … just an outstanding profile of the QE sailing along top of the front sheet. The back ground is colored green.. .. close to the color of fleetmate Caroia’s hull. The slow romantic art of writing letters has almost disappeared in the world of the web and instant email. Sometimes I wish we could roll back the clock to that romantic time! Great to write all your liner buds.

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Cunard Line: Queen Elizabeth Floaty ball point pen

Just amazing ball point pen from the onboard gift shop for the Lizzy. A little likeness of Cunard’s flagship majestically floats in a liquid suspension while Gold letter on the case spell out RMS Queen Elizabeth. The pen is still wrapped in cellophane and housed in its original box. Even includes instructions!

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Cunard Line: Queen Mary Cabin bathroom tissue holder. Restocked

Very nice tissue holder from the QM. This comes with a nice brass plaque that confirms “this was part of the QM’s original fittings”. The china does have crazing … but no chips or blemishes! A great item for your nautical bathroom. The plaque comfirms it was sould from the ship , not through Darcy’s Stories of the Queens enterprise. 
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Cunard Line: Mauritania paper model

 Super duper detailed paper Mauretania 1 model .. and is in perfect shape and still sealed in plastic. Oh I had visions of working on these models on long cold winter nights … but the winter snowstorms have keep me and my shovel pretty busy outside. The Maury sure is a favorite Edwardian gal … how could you not have a soft spot for her? She held the coveted Atlantic Speed record for 22 years.

 

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Cunard Line: Hotel Queen Mary Plaque:

This could be a crafty homemade item … a near shiny shellacked plaque for the Hotel Queen Mary. Has a nice had written thanks you on the back … a gift for someone’s uncle.The Hotel QM is at least still open today … though with having so many different owners … she is in need of some unifying renovations and restoration. I’m glad to hear a lot of good restoration work has been happening lately in her Observation bar! God save the Queen!

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Cunard line: Queen Mary Darcy faucet

Another Gene Darcy ‘hardware on a plaque” item. Many of the cabins onboard the hotel today have the same faucets still in use!. .. No doubt this is a real QM fitting! This wood plaque needs to be stripped and a new layer of sealer applied … the faucet is in typical condition for these items.

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Cunard Line: Queen Elizabeth “Darcy” fitting

Gene Darcy made a fortune on buying scraped ocean liner bits and making souvenir items from them: plaques, lamps bookends and such. He supposedly bought $20K worth of junk from the Queen Mary conversion in Long Beach …. That he and company made into souvenirs and these in turn made him a millionaire. With his profits he found and purchased scrapped bits from other ships … and grew his fortune considerably. The downside was he also created some reproduction items that still turn up listed as authentic! Neat valve type fitting from the QM!

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Cunard line: Mauretania 2 Chad Valley Puzzle

Just the cutest little wooden Chad Valley puzzle ever for the Mauretania 2. In excellent shape and complete, this is an interesting cartoony image of the ship. These puzzles were very popular in the 30-50’s. I’m sure this was a gift for an adoring little child. The box has some issues … but the puzzle is perfect!

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Cunard Line: Mauretania 2 last voyage Press Photo.

Poetic Photo of the Mauretania 2 on her way to the breakers. The Firth of Forth bridge (IK Brunell’s masterpiece) is in the background. What a sad day for any ship … but she had a good life and stayed working for Cunard for all her years afloat. Great Photo and AP caption.

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Cunard White Star: Tourist Accommodations various ships Brochure for 1949.

Oh to have traveled on any one of these ships would have been amazing … even in tourist class! Of course the QM would have been my first choice … followed quickly by a tie between the lovely WSL sisters Britannic and Georgic (though she was under austerity service at this point). All of the ships would have been fun! Nice B/W photos of the various TC accommodations … an excellent visual resource!

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Cunard Line and Hapag! Berengaria/ Imperator Dining room chair without arms #1: This item has been sold

The mighty Imperator was the debut member of Albert Ballin’s ultra- luxuriant Big Three: Imperator, Valterland and Bismarck. She spent most of WW1 laid up in the River Elbe and came under Allied control at the end of the hostilities. She would eventually go to Great Britain as sort of a “consolation prize” for the loss of the Lusitania … becoming Cunard’s Berengaria. Super lucky for us, most of her original German furniture was kept onboard throughout the war years and then refurbished by Cunard for peacetime service. These first class dining room chairs have wonderful carved details on the wooden elements, legs and back structure … elegant blooming Roses and egg and dart-like frieze are featured in the carved details. The very top of the back is flattened … where the ivory carved seat number was once located during her years at sea (now long removed). A prior owner had the chairs refurbished sometime in the past 20 years or so: the upholstery, springs and seat undercover have all been replaced. The current velvety upholstery is very reminiscent of the original in both color, design and I’m guessing texture .. the Germans loved ornate floral brocade like velvets! Certainly some bumps and scratches from use. The only other flaw is this is missing the lacey trim around the front of the seat back. I’m happy to answer any questions.**** Shipping calculator will not be accurate for this item, I will need to quote shipping specifically ****

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White Star Line: Titanic related pictures

Nice little collection of 21 pictures of Titanic models,exhibitions, pvt collection items and Titanic Memorials. These came to me from parts of the large John Hollis collection that was sold a few years ago. John Hollis was a self styled professional Titanic lecturer associated with the THS. Really cool models shown! She went to thebottom 101 years ago!

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Cunard line: Queen Mary and QE matching Framed prints.

Super nice twin set of prints for Cunard’s wonder ships the QE and QM. These are matching framed prints … but I’m sure they are “souvenir” posters …not ones that would have been released to an agency. At one time, you could buy prints in the onboard gift shops … and much later from folks like Gene Darcy sold leftover originals (and eventually reprints) through his “Stories of the Queens” effort. The QM print is under glass, however the QE print is not. A few nicks and bumps to the frames. Nice matching set!

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Cunard Line: Mauretania candle sticks

An outstanding pair of candle sticks made from teak salvaged when she was scrapped in 1935. These have been beautifully lathe turned and each has the “dismantled by” plaque attached to the base. A really nice item from her. Many folks cried when she went for scrap … FDR even penned a nice farewell to her!.

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Cunard Line: Mauretania Heavy Plastic Souvenir Lifering

A nice heavy plastic souvenir lifering for the Mauretania. Cunard probably sold these little guys (like all the other shipping lines) by the crate load. This one is in good shape …but needs a good cleaning.

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