I am so overwhelmed to have this item. It is absolutely amazing! I love it.
This is an ash bin from the Main Lounge on board and to me it is every good thing about Queen Mary. The veneer is incredible, just stunning. I believe walnut burl, but I am going to try and do some more research. The design is wonderfully art deco, but subtle.
To me H.T.W. Bousfield said it best in his essay RMS “Queen Mary” The Ship of Beautiful Woods when he said “I found a rich and subtly varied magnificence that contrived to be simple and grand at the same time. . . . Grandeur and yet simplicity, splendour and yet exquisite taste—only one medium could perform the miracle. Wood. Strange, isn’t it, that with all the marvelous new substances of this glittering civilisation one should come back to wood for supreme effects? Here is proof that no modern medium had anything on nature.”
How true and wonderful that is.
When I initially found this item online I couldn’t make out the markings very well and it was listed as a Smoking Room ash tray. To my great surprise when I received the ash tray I realized that the scratched out words were actually “Main Lounge”. As the Main Lounge was the same room I proposed to my wife in it was a very, very happy discovery. Who knows why it was scratched out. Was it done by Cunard or Long Beach? Was it initially used in the Main Lounge and then later moved around? These are the things I would love to find out.
One of the best parts is it still has the metal lid/grate & the metal liner for the ashes inside. They are easily lost and I haven’t seen very many with the lid and metal liner.
Dear Lord that veneer is fantastic!
This is the 2nd Class Smoking Room, so not the room that my ash tray comes from, but this picture does show two ash trays on board and in use.
The modern name for the room this ash bin comes from is the Britannia Salon.
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