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