RMS Queen Mary Stateroom Cabinet

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.

B196 Markings

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.

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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.

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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.

photo 5My 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

2nd Class Dresser postcard

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.

If you are looking to sell any fittings, furniture, or memorabilia from the Queen Mary please contact me at craigslink2now@gmail.com.


RMS Queen Mary Paintings by Herbert Davis Richter

I would be remiss not to include these gorgeous oil paintings of the RMS Queen Mary painted by artist Herbert Davis Richter. They are stunning. I could look at them for hours and never tire of them. They capture her grandeur and understated elegance.

Herbet Davis Richter RMS Queen Mary Main Lounge

RMS Queen Mary’s First Class Main Lounge.

Modern name in Long Beach today is “Queen’s Salon”

Image found here.

Herbet Davis Richter RMS Queen Mary Restaurant

RMS Queen Mary First Class Restaurant.

Modern Long Beach’s name is “Grand Salon”

Image found here.

Photo credit Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

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RMS Queen Mary Ash Bins Restoration

We recently has our two Queen Mary Ash Bin/Waste Baskets restored and I am so glad we did.  They are marvelous. These round ash bins have such wonderfully British art deco features that are the trademark of Queen Mary   The looked pretty good before, but now they are back to their 1936 glory and how glorious they are!

First up is our Main Lounge Ash Bin (modern name is Britannia Salon)

Cabin Ash Bin (2)

I just can’t get over how beautiful this is. That is everything art deco, grand and stylish that QM was and should be.

Cabin Ash Bin

This is my favorite side of the ash bin. I just love the veneer and the book-matching here.


We had the top polish nicely as well, I absolutely love the top grate and wish there were more out there.

Next is the Observation Bar Ash Bin.

Although I love that the markings on the base say Observation Lounge which it the original name during her sailing days.


This one wasn’t in terrible condition before, most of the issues were along the base, and someone painted the trim along the sides a dark brown. We had all of that fixed and stripped the brown paint off.

OB Ash Bin (1)

The two-tone sycamore and macassar  ebony is just incredible, although the strong contrast does make this more difficult to photograph.

OB Ash Bin (2)

With this picture I tried to get a good image of the sycamore trim. It’s so lovely and in certain lights has a 3-d effect which is an effect I’ve noticed on many of the rich woods aboard Queen Mary.

2 Ash Bin

Lastly a picture of the two ash bins together.  They are fine examples of the workmanship and art deco styling of the era.

Ok one more picture. Here is the side by side before and after photo:


If you are looking to sell any fittings, furniture, or memorabilia from the Queen Mary please contact me at craigslink2now@gmail.com.