Two woodworking tools once owned and used by Thomas McCauley who was employed as a carpenter and cabinet maker at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast during the construction of Olympic and Titanic. These two tools, consisting of a folding carpenter ruler and ‘keyhole’ hand saw were once part of the tool kit of Thomas McCauley. They eventually passed as part of McCauley’s entire tool kit to his grandson, Ernest McGookin of Belfast, Ireland. Attractively archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed with a photo of the Titanic at the shipyard and a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 22.5 x 31. Included with this lot is a photocopy of a picture showing McCauley as well as a copy of a letter on Queen’s University of Belfast’s letterhead dated January 17, 1975, thanking McCauley for the loan of his tools he used when working on Titanic for inclusion in an educational exhibit. Other examples of tools owned and used by Thomas McCauley are currently on display at the Titanic museum attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Chain of custody is as follows: Thomas McCauley to his grandson Ernest McGookin, Ernest McGookin to Steve Santini in 1999. Oversized.
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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 items 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. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the Harland and Wolff worker’s descendant. RR Auction COA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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