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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in rr auctions

 

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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

 

Austin Partner Titanic Passenger Gold Collar Stud

Eighteen karat UK assayed gold collar stud, worn by Austin Partner, First Class Titanic passenger and victim. This stud was worn by Partner when he drowned on April 15, 1912, and was sent back by the authorities along with the rest of his personal possessions to his family after his body was recovered. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Partner’s youngest son Colin, reading, in part “The stud was a present from my Mother to my Father in about 1910. My father was wearing the stud when he was drowned in the ‘Titanic’ disaster on 15th April 1912. His body was recovered together with many items in his pockets—and his memorial is in Long Ditton Churchyard where he has been buried.” In fine condition. A successful businessman, Austin Partner’s life was cut short when he went down with the Titanic in 1912. He was the globe-trotting businessman of his age criss-crossing the Atlantic in such luxurious liners as the Lusitania and Mauretania. But luck ran out for 40-year-old Tolworth stockbroker Austin Partner when he chose the new and ‘unsinkable’ Titanic for his 17th voyage to America. The devoted husband and father of two was one of 1,523 people who lost their lives. Any family-verified personal item from the Titanic is quite uncommon and highly prized by collectors. To view a collection of letters from Austin Partner, click here. 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 Titanic

 

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Large section of the Titanic’s aft Grand Staircase

A very large section of the Titanic’s aft Grand Staircase, measuring 19 x 2.75, believed to have once been a part of a step, recovered by the Minia and turned by the ship’s carpenter William Parker into a picture frame which he crafted for the Minia’s Chief Officer, James Adams. Piece has six flathead screws around the edges and two small holes to left side. Section is beautifully archivally shadow-boxed and double-matted and framed with a portrait of the staircase and a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 23.5 x 27.5. For years following the disaster in 1912 and following the tragic death of Adams in a train/vehicle collision, this picture frame remained in the family eventually passing into the hands of Gerald T. Mullin, the grandson of James Adams. In the 1990’s the picture frame was publicly displayed as part of a special Titanic exhibition presented by the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. In August of 1998 the picture frame was dismantled by master woodworker William Ricks of Brandon, Manitoba. Included with this lot is a letter of provenance from noted Titanic collector, researcher, and historian Steve Santini outlining the history of the Parker/Adams picture frame, copies of photographs showing the frame in its original state as displayed at The Vancouver Maritime Museum and during the process of it being disassembled, a copy of the original 1998 artifact release document signed by Gerald T. Mullin and Steve Santini, and photocopies of a Minia crew sign on sheet which Adams signed as well as a photo of James Adams and the cable ship Minia. Beautifully designed for the first-class passengers on board the Titanic, this preserved artifact is a magnificent reminder of the luxury afforded the wealthy on board. Oversized. RR Auction COA.

 

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

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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Michael Jackson Signed Album Pretty Young Thing

P. Y. T. (Pretty Young Thing) 12″ single album signed on the front cover in black felt tip, “Michael Jackson 1998.” In fine condition. The record is included. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Michael Jackson

 

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