Etched Glass, Maple and Nickel Mirror Consoles from the
SS EMPRESS OF BRITAIN
First Class Stairtower Landings (1956)
Entire Console Is 63 Inches Tall by 54 Inches Wide
Glass is 53 Inches Tall by 24 Inches Wide
Two Panels Of Maple On Either Side are 53 Inches Tall by 17 Inches Wide
Price: SOLD OUT!
Canadian Pacific Line's second EMPRESS OF BRITAIN is probably one of the most successful ocean liner/cruise ships of all time. She was a product of the Govan, Scotland-based Fairfield Shipyard and fitted out in typical post war British fashion in Odeon style with rich wood paneling, etched glass and heavy nickel fixtures.
Although this solidly built liner was renovated and even rebuilt several times, a number of her original fittings survived some 53 years until her beaching at Alang in 2008 as TOPAZ. These mirrors endured even the 1989 refit which saw the removal or concealment of a number of the ship's stunning original fittings.
There were a total of five of these mirrors, all of which were safely removed from the ship in India. Three have been shipped to California and of those, two are now available. Two more will be available in the future. They are in excellent condition with all glass, wood and nickel elements intact. These were inset in the stairtower corners and removed as complete units with the light fixture, which can be rewired. They can be used "as is" and built into a standing framework or inset in a fashion similar to their presentation on the ship. This type of acid-etched etched glass is a lost art today.
Although her younger sister, the former EMPRESS OF CANADA started things off for Carnival as the MARDI GRAS, the CARNIVALE can be credited with firmly establishing the company and leading to its continued expansion into what has become the world's largest passenger shipping conglomerate.