The 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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These photos are of an occasional table from Queen Mary‘s Long Gallery. It is 1 of only 2 known in existence. Press photos taken in 1936 of the liner’s opulent interiors clearly show 2 in a pre-maiden voyage snapshot but as far as anyone knows, there were only the 2. In addition to the stamp or branding evident on most furniture, this one also has a plastic nametag which indicated the room the piece was intended. With a ship so large, the designers devised this system so that every stick of furniture found its home. The design is called art-deco but is truly an exclusive design for Queen Mary alone. Indeed, all of the First Class furnishings could be called “one-offs”, a British term for one of a kind which was used extensively to describe the liner herself. There has never been another like her. While most liners of previous years like Titanic, Olympic, Mauretania, and Lusitania all had similar interiors reminiscent of eras like Victorian and Edwardian, the Queen was not severe and heavy but rather elegant and restrained. Over 200 different woods were used on her interior walls and furniture prompting her to be called “The Ship of Beautiful Woods”. This made her much more attractive to male passengers who had previously been relegated to the fussy, feminine decorations of previous liners. As a matter of fact, many prominent male passengers stated that she was their favorite liner, men like Alfred Hitchcock (who used footage of one of her arrivals in New York in “Dial ‘M’ for Murder”), Bob Hope, the Duke of Windsor, David Niven, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, etc.