Ocean Liner and other transportation memorabilia sways bidders into action


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An attractive memento from the Cunard Line, this circa 1910 chromolithograph on tin, produced in Coshocton, Ohio, shows the "Lusitania" at sea; it sold for $1,560, settling at the lower end of its $1,200 to $1,800 presale estimate. The Cunard-issued piece has five drill holes for mounting and is unusually clean; it measures 27 1/2 inches by 38 1/2 inches.

NEW YORK—Collectors competed for a large assortment of Ocean Liner and Transportation Memorabilia at Swann Galleries on Feb. 3. There was material related to most of the major steamship lines in this latest sale of ocean liner ephemera at Swann.

Gary Garland, Swann’s Ocean Liner Specialist, said, “There was strong interest in this sale, with many buyers looking to build their ocean-liner collections and designers seeking decorative material. We are pleased to organize auctions of this subject whenever top quality collections are consigned.”

Decorative only begins to describe the sale’s top lot, A.M. Cassandre’s celebrated Art Deco poster, “Normandie,” in the only known variant without an overprint for a special event or advertising “service regulier,” Paris, circa 1938, which sold for $16,800. All prices include 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Other poster highlights included Cassiers, Red Star Line. Antwerpen = Amerika, color two-sheet poster, Brussels, 1910s – early 20s, $2,400; Walter Thomas’s Cunard. New Steamers (20,000 Tons) Boston to Europe, color poster, London, circa 1925, $4,800, and “Queen Mary” “Queen Elizabeth” Fastest Ocean Service in the World, England, 1947, $2,640; Adolph Treidler’s Champlain, United States, January 1939, $2,880; and Con le “Andrea Doria”…, by an unknown artist, Genoa, 1952, $2,220.
A scrapbook kept by Commodore Harry Manning with materials related to the blue ribbon-winning maiden voyage of the “United States” in 1952 exceeded expectations to bring $6,000.

Also drawing a lot of attention was a collection of 75 souvenir spoons, jelly spreaders and tea strainers, mostly representing Cunard liners, but with some White Star liners as well, which sold for $6,960.

Serviceware used aboard various ships and aircraft included a Pan American Airways silver serving tray by International Silver, 1946, $4,560; four acid-etched cordial glasses for first-class service on the Italian Line’s “Augustus,” circa 1927, $1,920; and several Bavarian china pieces made by Heinrich & Co. for use on zeppelins, among them a chocolate cup and saucer stamped “Graf Zeppelin,” 1928, $1,800; a demi-tasse cup and saucer for use on the “Hindenburg,” 1935, $2,160; and a group of three plates marked with the DZR zeppelins logo, circa 1935, $1,680.

Select ship models included a large full-hull metal model of the “Lusitania” by Marklin, $2,640, and full-hull model of the “Titanic” by Bing, $1,560.

Also related to the Titanic was a real photo postcard taken in advance of the maiden voyage, $660, and a postcard with an interior view of the ship’s main salon, $960.

Full transportation auction results may be viewed online at www.swanngalleries.com. ?

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This near mint, pre-World War I Canadian Pacific Line Empress pattern porcelain oyster plate, stamped Limoges, by W.G. & Co. (9 1/2 inches overall width) sold for $330 against a presale estimate of $350 to $500.
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A.M. Cassandre's celebrated Art Deco poster, "Normandie," in the only known variant without an overprint for a special event or advertising "service regulier," Paris, circa 1938, sold for $16,800.

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