In the era of the great trans-Atlantic liners, traveling first class meant the height of luxury. Of the Andrea Doria, the Italian Line said, "She was also designed as a living testament to the importance of beauty in the everyday world." This was reflected in every part of the ship, right down to the china service.
Each piece of this elaborate First Class china bears a scene in an Oriental design. There are a number of different scenes, and a stylized version of the Italia crest was used to complement the design.
The standard First Class china was less ornate, but elegant in its simplicity, with a border and crest of red and gold leaf.
The china used by the Second and Third Class passengers was plainer than the First Class pieces, but is still evidence of the Italian Line's commitment to "beauty in everyday life" aboard ship.
A silver bread basket from First Class. The pewter sherbet dish was used in the Second Class dining room.
A silver teapot from First Class. There are several size teapots, which were used according to how many passengers were seated at the table. When the first dives were made to the second class area in 1991, this pitcher was the first item retrieved.
A martini glass. These rosary beads were being shipped from Italy to the United States as part of the Andrea Doria's cargo.
In pictures on board the ship, vases like this one appear on each table in the dining room. The vase is made from a low-quality clay, decorated with a floral design.
Original NJScuba website by Tracey Baker Wagner 1994-1996