Dating antiques hinges

For most of the next 30 years, Cunard held the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic voyage.

By the late 1920s Cunard faced new competition from the Germans, Italians and French so in 1934 the British Government offered Cunard loans to finish Queen Mary and to build a second ship, Queen Elizabeth, on the condition that Cunard merged with the then ailing White Star line to form Cunard-White Star Ltd.

Pitch Pine Folding Yacht Table - Like the mahogany ships table we have also listed for sale today we have owned and used this table ourselves for close on 30 years but a new design scheme forces us to reluctantly offer for rehome.

Whilst its origins are unknown it was purchased by us in the port town of Falmouth, Cornwall back in c.1990.

As well as the all-important Cunard branding on the seat back it also carries a brass plaque which would originally have held a name card confirming the passengers entitlement to enjoy it- so no need for any towels to reserve this sun bed from fellow passengers!

Dimensions: Max Width: 150cm (59'')Max Depth: 53cm (20.75'')Max Height: 73cm (28.75'')A charming coffer presented in good antique condition with wear and tear commensurate with age.

It probably originally served on a yacht or launch where space below decks was at a premium.

Our picture shows the top in the extended position and this gives a surface area of 32" x23.5" (82 cm x 60 cm); when the top leaves are closed the top dimensions reduce to a modest 32" x 11.75" (82 cm x 30 cm).

The Cunard fleet has welcomed the most illustrious members of society on board, and has a guest book which includes everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Liz Taylor and we can only speculate who may have enjoyed this chair on the sundeck of those Queens of the seas although sadly the provenance of this chair has been lost down the years.

Our steamer in very original condition having been taken back to its original natural wood finish although it has received some light restoration to restore it to display condition.