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