Monthly Archives: April 2014

QUEEN MARY Silver and Gold

Queen Mary offered dining experiences which rivaled even the most chic restaurants ashore.  The gold-plated fruit basket and silver vase in my collection can be clearly seen in the above photo from 1952.  While the carnations and fruit are fake in my collection (thank you, Jeff Cox from Nature’s Nest!), Cunard White Star offered fresh flowers and fruit to all First-Class passengers.  When the line attempted to substitute silk arrangements in the early 60’s, the outrage from faithful travelers was so intense that fresh flowers were once again utilized despite the cost.  Interestingly, the presentation versus quality of a meal at sea was very evident as an article in TIME magazine bluntly stated that while the trappings of a First Class dining experience was superior to any other liner, the quality of British food was very much lacking.  The British were emphatically notImageImageImageImage famous for satisfying the palate as opposed to the French but the presentation did indeed surpass any prepared at sea or ashore.   

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QUEEN MARY Drawing Room Clock

Drawing Room Clock 002Drawing Room Clock 001The Drawing Room Clock in the Queen Mary adorned the fireplace mantel.  It can be seen in the above photo just above and behind Winston Churchill’s head to the right.  The Queen Mary was his favorite ship and he traversed the Atlantic exclusively aboard her during World War II as well as countless times during peace.  Like all clocks aboard the liner from the public rooms to the private staterooms, they were wired directly to the ship’s master clock on the bridge which was advanced or reversed depending upon the time zone the Queen was currently in.  Built of solid onyx and jade crystal, it’s dial face illuminates in light green at night and is considered a masterpiece of Art Deco design.

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