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