I am giddy about this find. A while ago I was emailed about a great little QM cabinet that came from one of the Second Class staterooms. These cabinets were often over the dressers, but over the years due to the removal of 2nd class cabins and the many Long Beach auctions most of these cabinets are long gone. It was great to see one in good shape, but that wasn’t the best part. The most amazing thing was discovering that this very cabinet went with one of our previously purchased Queen Mary 2nd Class Dressers! After 40+ years apart they are finally back together.
The cabinet markings are a little hard to read here. It says B196 in 3 places, stamped into the wood at the very top, on the white tape up top, in black pencil along the back. It also has in white pencil B198 (another amazing thing is we have that dresser too!). The dresser markings are much clearer and it only has a marking for B196.
I am very happy that the mirrors are still in pretty good shape, just some minor chips and cracks around the edges. For almost 80 year old glass that’s pretty good! I also love the clever hinge design for the side mirrors. The left side mirror’s hinges move with the cabinet door as it’s opened.
I am always impressed with the thoughtful design of all QM’s furniture, and the cabinet is no exception. The cabinet shelves are complete with fiddle rails, cup holders and even a spot for the Bakelite thermos so that personal necessities wouldn’t tumble around during poor weather.
My wife and I have commented many times that 2nd Class dresser were are some of the most useful furniture we have due to the great size and quality. Now it’s even more useful with the clever cabinet to match it. Each new piece of furniture or fitting I find makes me appreciate Queen Mary and her builders so much more. The lovely mahogany, Bakelite and brass fittings speak again to the fine design by Cunard and the wonderful craftsmanship of John Brown’s shipyard in the 30s
Here’s what the dresser and cabinet would have looked like in the stateroom on board. Unfortunately the shelf in between the cabinet and dresser is completely lost, but I’m glad the dresser and cabinet could be reunited.
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