Lovely Advertising postcard for Cunard’s Pre WW1 Ascania. The card is in excellent shape with a very clear good image of the 2 funnel liner. She was lost in the hostilities … and after WW1 the name Ascania went to a newly built single funnel liner. Lots of ship and service info printed on the back!
Nice little advertising post card for the a 1935 cruise of the Franconia. The card announces the ship has left the Seychelles Island… and will then continue on her voyage. Love the Advert cards , and this one is in great shape.
Pristine unused Baggage tag … more than likely dated to the QE2’s early life. A very nice find!
When the QE2’s retirement was announced about 15 authors jumped into writing mode to capitalize on the rampant nostalgia … and Billy was of course on the scene with his delightful Dover type Picture History publication. This is a nice little booklet cram packed with lovely one of a kind captioned photos of the QE2 … some are just perfect and one almost has to wonder where Bill gets all of the obscure images. Lovely little book in pristine brand new condition … If your and QE2 lover .. this is a great little reference.
Here is an original item for the QM that you sure do not see every day: A First Class Smoking Room Rubbish Bin! If you are familiar with the overall design and furnishings of this room , you will note that these rubbish bins purposefully mimic the design of the smaller occasional tables … right down to the details of the overlapping panel work. Build of strong sturdy oak and veneered with English sycamore (I believe)… these were of super high quality construction and materials. The veneering work does needs some restoration (I have shown the side that needs the most attention in the picture) … but this will be a stunning item once refinished .. and something you won’t see in many collections. Unbelievably, the bin even includes the metal liner insert … and it is in great shape. Like almost all QM items, the ship room location is stenciled onto the bottom. A wonderful rare opportunity! ***Shipping calculator may not be accurate, shipping may have to be quoted… it is heavy!
Excellent souvenir portrait plate for the Adventurer! She and her Ambassador sister ship where early 70’s adds to the Cunard fleet …when it seemed that smaller more intimate ships in the 650 foot range were the economic “sweet spot” for cruise ships. That trend sure does not ring true today in the era of the Mega box 4000 passenger plus giants that are floating around. The broadside portrait of the ship is lovely…with her “E2”esque funnel. The plate is in as new condition.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.