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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in rr auctions

 

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Sinking of the Titanic Memorial Edition

Two hardcover copies, one blue and one green, of the Sinking of the Titanic: Thrilling Stories Told by Survivors, Memorial Editions, by J. Henry Mowbry, Minter Co., Harrisburg, 1912. Both copies feature an artist’s rendition of the Olympic as the Titanic on the cover. Both copies have loose, but intact hinges, and green cover has sunning along the spine and left and bottom edge of the front. Accompanied by several vintage clippings regarding the Titanic. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Thomas Hewitt Titanic Passenger Ring Recovered

An 18k gold gentlemen’s signet ring (.30 kt), recovered from the body of Titanic bedroom steward Thomas Hewitt. This ring was recovered from Hewitt’s body, No. 168, by the Mackay-Bennett and is documented in the inventory of his possessions. Thomas was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip to Southampton, and he quickly signed on again for the maiden voyage. After the recovery of his body, he was buried at sea on April 24, 1912. Provenance: Hewitt Family; Henry Aldridge, May 2011 RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Original New York Times photo of two Titanic survivors

Original vintage 9.75 x 7.5 New York Times/American Press Association press photo of two Titanic survivors coming off the Carpathia and surrounded by a throng of reporters on April 17, 1912. Reverse bears a New York Times stamp as well as several other date stamps. Paper loss to top edge and corners, a few small edge tears, and light overall creasing and wrinkling, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: Caren Archive, New York Times.

The radio operators on Carpathia were so busy transmitting messages from survivors to their families, a task Carpathia’s captain felt took priority, relatively little official information came from Carpathia during this period. The U.S. government was so anxious for information and a list of survivors (President Taft’s military aide had been on the ship) that it dispatched the U.S.S. Chester in an attempt to make radio contact with Carpathia in hopes of getting the requested information. The press, too, had been waiting for information and had attempted to solicit passengers and crew to provide exclusives while the ship was still at sea. Some reporters even planned to get onto the ship before it reached New York Harbor. This photo represents a culmination of the press’s tenacious efforts to gather as much information about what happened before their competition did. An original photograph of Titanic passengers just as they disembarked the rescue ship depicts a rare scene indeed! RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Titanic Cobalt Blue Demitasse Cup and Saucer

A stunning cobalt blue demitasse cup and saucer designated for the Titanic. Cup measures 2 x 2.25 and the saucer’s diameter is 4.75 This is an extremely rare set believed to have been destined for the first class a la carte restaurant on-board Titanic. Both the bottom of the saucer is labeled “Stonier & Co. Liverpool, Spode Copeland’s China, England, R4332, Rd No. 580303, White Star Line, ” and bottom of cup is labeled “Rd No. 580303, Spode Copeland’s China, England, White Star Line.”

This pattern is arguably the most opulent design ever featured on any White Star Line china. Similar china bearing the identical registration number was recovered from Titanic’s wreck site in 1987. (See p. 99 Titanic: The Exhibition (Lithograph Publishing Company, 1997). Although the general practice was for china to be interchangeable amongst White Star Line ships, the exquisite pattern of these pieces, coupled with the fact that very few similar pieces have surfaced, suggests that that this pattern was reserved for exclusive use on Titanic, possibly in the a la carte restaurant or VIP service. Clearly if it had been used on Titanic’s sister ship Olympic, many more pieces would have surfaced given Olympic’s long career. A similar, yet less opulent and more common pattern of china was assigned Registration No. 4331 and may have been used as limited service aboard Olympic.

The few pieces of this pattern to have come to market have been attributed to presentation pieces (ref. Southampton Maritime Museum, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom) or to pieces either from, or destined for use, on Titanic. What is amazing here is that rather than just the saucer or cup, this lot consists of the demitasse cup and saucer set. The interlocking letters “OSNC” on the saucer stand for Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, White Star Line’s parent company.

White Star Line was known for its luxurious appointments on board its ships. This china represents the best of the best. The unusually exquisite cobalt blue color is so richly blue it practically leaps from the pattern. Imagine the look on the faces of those who see it when they learn it was produced for Titanic herself, and not the film! This set could easily become the pinnacle of any collection of shipboard table ware, bar none.

Additional References: p.31 Titanic: Touchstones of a Tragedy by Steve Santini (Writers Club Press 2000); p.54 Titanic: An Illustrated History by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall (Hyperion 1992); http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/cup-saucer-from-titanic.html; http://marconigraph.com/titanic/china/mgy_china.html RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Titanic Divot Stamped on the top S S Titanic 1912

A steel divot, measuring 1.5 inch in diameter, taken from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, by a worker after the sinking of the Titanic. Stamped on the top “S S Titanic 1912.” This divot, actually scrap metal, is a steel plug pressed out of a hull plate hydraulically for a rivet being inserted into the hole at later stage. After the sinking, shipyard workers gathered the few remaining divots, inscribed them and sold them off as commemorative item to local and non local tourists. In fine condition, with some expected light pitting. Over three million rivets were used in the construction of the Titanic. Divots like the one offered here are an intriguing remnant from the ship’s building. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire and own an actual piece of Titanic’s hull. RR Auction COA

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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Olympic- White Star Line Desirable Cadbury Tin

Desirable Cadbury tin, 1.75 x 2.5 x .5, bearing an artist’s rendition of the Olympic and the White Star Line insignia on the front. Reverse is embossed with a match striker and the words “Cadbury Bournville.” In very good condition, with scattered marks and bends to the front, and heavy wear to the sides and reverse. These would have been sold in souvenir shops on board the White Star Line’s ships. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Titanic Highest Ranking Surviving Officers Signatures

Vintage pencil signatures of the four highest ranking officers to survive the sinking of the Titanic on two off-white 8.5 x 5.5 sheets of Dr. Frank H. Blackmarr’s personal stationery obtained on board the Carpathia after their rescue. One sheet is signed, “J. Groves Boxhall, ‘Manora’ Westbourne Ave., Hull, England, 4th Officer of the late Titanic,” “C. H. Lightoller, Nikko Lodge, Netley Abbey, Hauts, 2nd offr. of late SS ‘Titanic,’” and “H. G. Lowe, Pernalls, Bournemouth, N. Wales, England, 5th Officer S. S. ‘Titanic.’” Second sheet is signed in pencil, “H. J. Pitman, C/o W. H. Taylor, Castle Cary, Somerset, 3rd officer S/S Titanic.” Reverse of the second sheet bears notations in another hand, which read, in part: “Picture of little boy & officer for Dr. Washington Dodge, Care N. Vidor, 116 Nassau, New York.” Punch holes to top of one sheet, along with a central horizontal fold, slightly trimmed top edge to second sheet, along with some scattered toning and stray ink marks, otherwise fine condition. Dr. Blackmarr’s complete scrapbook was auctioned by Dunnings Auction House, Elgin, Illinois, in 1998, this being one of those scrapbook items. The here-offered piece was once displayed at the Smithsonian’s Fire and Ice Exhibition.

Blackmarr was a physician from Chicago travelling on board the Carpathia when the distress signal from the Titanic was received. Besides assisting in treating those taken on board during the rescue, he also began to write down his observations and statements from survivors, as well as obtaining the signatures of these four crew members. He would later use these notes to give lectures, as well as publish several articles. All four officers played important roles in evacuating the Titanic as it sank, with Lowe being the only one to return to the area to search for survivors after organizing several life boats, as well as rescuing the passengers on the sinking Collapsible A. An amazing collection of signatures acquired only hours after the tragedy, with two of the eyewitness officers already noting the loss of the ship. Ex. Brian Green Collection. RR Auction COA.

 

 

Bidding for the Titanic Auction opens Apr 17, 2014 & ends Apr 24, 2014

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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