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RMS Queen Mary Original Paint Chips Mounted on Ship’s Burled Wood

We sold this item at auction for $525
 in December 2020.

This absolutely fantastic one-of-a-kind historic display piece from the RMS Queen Mary features four different paint chips, taken from the great liner’s walls during her conversion into a maritime museum and hotel.

A similar plaque is housed in the Queen Mary’s archives at Long Beach today and displays a large piece of the original Cunard red color chipped from a funnel. This paint sample was used during the last few years as a priceless color reference during the ship’s latest exterior repaint.

The four colored chips on this plaque are very thick and neatly beveled, showing many layers of paint in wonderful vintage colors including a fabulous orange, seafoam green and creamy white.

The paint seen here would have been present during the Queen Mary’s final voyage in the winter of 1967 and thus hails from her final sailing days on the Atlantic.

The chips are mounted upon a plaque carved from a portion of some of the Queen Mary’s beautiful and iconic burled wood – likely from a cabinet or door removed during the ocean liner’s Long Beach conversion. The front of the wood has one large drilled hole, and three smaller holes, probably where an original fixture (handle, knob, etc.) was attached.

The reverse side of the plaque shows more of the glossy gorgeous burled wood, with a long vertical portion routed out revealing the wood underneath.

Includes two identical metal plaques reading: “Paint chipped off the RMS Queen Mary during her conversion into a maritime museum / hotel / convention center, Long Beach, California, January 1969”.

Obtained directly from the estate of the Long Beach, California councilman who originally received the plaque during a January, 1969 Queen Mary presentation. The plaque measures approximately 10″ inches wide, 12″ inches tall, 1″ thick. We sold this piece of ocean liner memorabilia at auction for $525.

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