Titanic, White Star and Liner Memorabilia Auction
on Saturday 21st October 2017
On View:
Friday 20th October 10.00am - 4.00pm
Saleday from 9.00am-12.30pm
Sale commences at 1.00pm
Lots: 302-351 of 354
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Lot 302
R.M.S. TITANIC: Post-disaster, including Tichnor Brothers, postcards. (4)
Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 303
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare post-disaster naive hand-decorated shells depicting the Titanic and Carpathia presented in a period oak frame. 6ins. x 4½ins.
Estimate:  £150 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 304
R.M.S. TITANIC: "Thomas Andrews Shipbuilder" by Shan F. Bullock, introduction by Sir Horace Plunkett, 1912 first edition. 80 pages.
Estimate:  £160 - 180 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 305
R.M.S. TITANIC: Post-disaster photo postcards in sepia, one Hurst & Co. of Belfast, the others Rotary photographic series, postally used April & May 1912.

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 306
R.M.S. TITANIC: Unusual in memoriam card to Bandmaster Wallace Hartley. "Nearer my God to Thee" and "Crossing the Bar". 3ins. x 4½ins.

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 307
‡ R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare letter in relation to Titanic compensation claims, typed on White Star Line Olympic letterhead, October 17th 1912. The letter is addressed to Sir John Gray Hill of the Liverpool & London Steamship Protection Association and reads in full:

"We beg to attach copy of a letter we received from our Southampton Office with reference to the services rendered by Master-at-Arms Osman and Assistant Shipping Master Greenham in connection with the Titanic compensation claims. As this would be a debit on the Protection Association we should be glad to know whether you authorise us to make the grants suggested." Letter is initialled at the conclusion by a representative from Ismay, Imrie and Co.

The letter cited is attached to the reverse left edge, dated October 16th, 1912, and reads, in part: "In connection with the many enquiries made by us at the instigation of Messrs. Hill, Dickinson & Co. with respect to dependents of the members of the crew, we desire to call your special attention to the services rendered by Master-at-Arms and our Assistant Shipping master Greenham. These men received no overtime allowance, most of the enquiries have had to be made after the day's work at the dock is over, and in many instances considerable distances have had to be travelled into the country in order to follow up on their enquiries. Their cycles have been used for this purpose and as the number of reports made to Messrs. Hill Dickinson & Co., is great, the wear and tear on their machines has been correspondingly heavy. Under all the circumstances and in view of the satisfaction expressed by Messrs. Hill Dickinson & Co. at the reports made we recommend a special grant to Osman and Greenham of say £5/£10 each and we trust that this will meet your approval." In fine condition, with a small pencil notation to bottom left, a couple of small staple holes to top left, and a few trivial brushes to typed text.

Of the Titanic's crew of almost 900 members, a mere 215 survived the ship's sinking. The two men mentioned in this letter, Master-at-Arms Osman and Assistant Shipping Master Greenham, took upon themselves the extraordinary task of personally delivering the tragic news to the families of fallen crew members "after the day's work at the dock is over" with "no overtime allowance." Requesting a small amount of compensation for their bicycles, which carried them far and wide in their difficult task, this is a fascinating pair of letters, written as the White Star Line was seeking to limit its liability in much larger claims for loss of life and property. A fascinating and very unusual snapshot into the behind the scenes administrative process after the sinking.


Estimate:  £650 - 750 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 308
R.M.S. TITANIC: 20th Century rivet head with stylised folk-art decoration "R.M.S. Titanic left Belfast 2-4-12 lost 15-4-12", mounted on an oak base. 15ins.

Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 309
R.M.S. TITANIC: Early 20th cent. hallmarked silver table lighter in model form of a Marconi disc discharger. Assayed London 1912. The disc discharger later formed an integral part of the 5-KW sets installed in the R.M.S. Titanic and her sister ship Olympic.
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 310
R.M.S. TITANIC: "Loss of the Steamship Titanic". Original "Report of a Formal Investigation into the Circumstances attending the Foundering on 15th April 1912". Presented by Senator Smith of Michigan August 20th 1912, (front cover loose) plus a copy issued by 7C's Press.

Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 311
R.M.S. TITANIC/J.J. ASTOR: Underwood and Underwood photograph of John Jacob Astor VI, circa 1914. John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (August 14th, 1912 - June 26th, 1992) was an American socialite, shipping businessman, and member of the Astor family. He was dubbed the "Titanic Baby" for his affiliation with the R.M.S. Titanic; Astor was born four months after his father, Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, but his mother, Madeleine Astor survived. Info on reverse. 7ins. x 10ins.

Estimate:  £80 - 120 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 312
R.M.S. TITANIC: Period iron rivet head engraved "R.M.S. Titanic 1912" around White Star motif "Lost 15 4 1912" with a floral motif. This style of item is of the type used to commemorate the loss of the Titanic at Harland & Wolff. Weight 268 grams. Approx. 1½ins. x 1¼ins.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 313
R.M.S. TITANIC: White Star Triple-Screw Steamers Olympic 45,000 Tons and Titanic 45,000 Tons - The Largest Steamers in the World, Red foldout leaflet with a sectional view of Olympic & Titanic and 12 interior images together with an image of the steamship. Approx. 43ins. x 9½ins when unfolded.
Estimate:  £1600 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 314
R.M.S. TITANIC: 1920s photograph of Titanic survivor and American tennis star Richard "Dick" Norris Williams II (January 29th, 1891 - June 2nd, 1968), generally known as R. Norris Williams. He was an American tennis player and R.M.S. Titanic survivor. He and his father (who was lost in the disaster), were travelling First Class on the liner when it struck an iceberg and sank. His ordeal left his legs so severely frostbitten that the Carpathia's doctor wanted to amputate them. Williams, who did not want his tennis career to be cut short, opted instead to work through the injury by simply getting up and walking around every two hours, around the clock. The choice worked out well for him; later that year, he won his first U.S. Tennis Championship, in mixed doubles, and went on to win many more championships. He also won the Davis Cup and Wimbledon in 1920. 7ins. x 10ins. (2)

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 315
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare photo postcard of Harland & Wolff's North Yard, with the Titanic on the ways. Published by L.V.B. Ltd. postally used August 18th, 1911 "we saw this vessel this morning. Good Voyage. It is a wonderful place - Belfast. I will tell you more about it later".

Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 316
R.M.S. TITANIC: Period press photograph of the body recovery ship C.S. Minia in ice published by the American Press Association, Photo News Department. 6ins. x 5ins.
NB: Minia was chartered by the White Star Line to search for bodies of victims of the Titanic disaster. After a week of searching only 17 bodies were recovered. Two of these were buried at sea; 15 were taken to Halifax. Text on verso.
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 317
R.M.S. TITANIC: Underwood and Underwood real photo postcard "Group of Titanic's rescued passengers on deck of the Carpathia".

Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 318
R.M.S. TITANIC: Unusual period photo postcard showing "Passengers preparing to board the Titanic for its ill-fated voyage in April 1912".

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 319
‡ R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare railway ticket agent's letter which forwards prices to a prospective client for "White Star Line-Steamer Olympic or Titanic all rooms $65:00".

The letter is on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's letterhead and dated, March 11th, 1912 less than a month before Titanic sailed. It is to a prospective traveller and reads, in part: "I take great pleasure in handing you herewith for your information a detailed list of the various Steamship Lines and rates in effect over same to Plymouth England…I wish to say that any consideration that you may give our 'line' will be greatly appreciated." Two additional pages provide rates for travel on various lines, including "White Star Line-Steamer Olympic or Titanic all rooms $65:00." Third page has several handwritten notations including "5 to 12 half-under 5 free on rail-between ages of 1 and 12 half fare on Steamer." In very good condition, with partial separations along horizontal mailing folds, uniform toning, and a couple of rusty staple holes. An interesting letter presenting the little known fact that children up to the age of 12 sailed for half price.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 320
R.M.S. TITANIC: Cane section from the seat of a Titanic deck chair recovered by the cable ship Minia during the mission to pick up victims' bodies following the Titanic disaster. Mounted, framed and glazed 3ins. x 3ins. With a letter of provenance from Steve Santini Titanic wreck expert & photographs of the deck chair. Also included is a copy of a letter to Mr Santini from James Cameron "Steve on a personal note thank you for your generous gift, the section of a deck chair, it is displayed with my awards". This cane section came from that same deck chair.

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 321
R.M.S. TITANIC: Original rare hardbound full size copies of Lloyds Register of Shipping for 1911/12 with heavily tooled covers. Lot comprises volumes 1 and 2, the register and appendix. Titanic is listed as 694 under letter T, Mackay Bennett listed as 43 in letter M, Californian listed as 142 in letter C with Stanley Lord as Master, Carpathia number 450 in letter C. 12ins. x 9ins.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 322
THE FENWICK ARCHIVE IS ONE OF THE DEFINITIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE RELATING TO THE RESCUE OF THE SURVIVING TITANIC PASSENGERS AND CREW. JAMES AND MABEL FENWICK WERE NEWLYWEDS AND BEGINNING A THREE MONTH HONEYMOON TRIP TO EUROPE. BOARDING THE SS. CARPATHIA THEY DEPARTED NEW YORK ON 11TH APRIL 1912, LITTLE KNOWING THAT FOUR DAYS LATER THE CARPATHIA WOULD COME TO SAVE 700 SURVIVORS FROM THE MOST FAMOUS SHIPPING DISASTER OF ALL TIME. THE CAMERA THE COUPLE WERE CARRYING WAS ABLE TO CHRONICLE THIS MOMENTOUS EVENT AND PROVIDE A UNIQUE RECORD OF THE EVENTS THAT UNFOLDED. EARLY ON THE MORNING OF APRIL 15TH MABEL FENWICK WAS WOKEN UP BY A MAN'S VOICE CRYING "TITANIC'S GOING DOWN". MABEL RUSHED ON DECK WITH HER CAMERA AND HENRY ALDRIDGE & SON ARE HONOURED TO BE SELLING THE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS, NEGATIVES AND EPHEMERA FROM THAT MOST FAMOUS OF JOURNEYS. THE COLLECTION IS SOLD VIA DIRECT DESCENT.

R.M.S. TITANIC FENWICK ARCHIVE: First generation original negative and photograph taken onboard the Carpathia showing a Titanic lifeboat and an iceberg in the distance. 5½ins. × 3½ins. plus another of members of the Carpathia's crew taken onboard. 5½ins. × 3½ins. (3)

Estimate:  £600 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 323
R.M.S. TITANIC FENWICK ARCHIVE: Rare original negative of the Russian East Asia liner S.S. Birma taken aboard the rescue ship Carpathia on the morning of April 15th 1912. 3½ins. × 5½ins. The photo was taken by Mabel Fenwick, a newlywed passenger on Carpathia headed to the Mediterranean
with her husband, James when their ship diverted to rescue Titanic's survivors. The Birma was about half the length of Titanic at just over 400 feet, with a single funnel and four masts. The ship was en route to Russia when she received Titanic's distress call and steamed towards her position about 100 miles away. On arrival, Birma's wireless operators found it difficult to obtain information from Carpathia as evidenced by Birma's procés verbal log which Henry Aldridge & Son had the privilege of selling several years ago for over £30000. Birma searched the area for survivors but finding none and having observed Carpathia's departure, discontinued its search.

Estimate:  £350 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 324
R.M.S. TITANIC FENWICK ARCHIVE: Original negative and photograph taken from the Carpathia on the Titanic rescue voyage of Pier 34 in New York. 5½ins. × 3½ins. plus another of Mabel and James Fenwick on the deck of the Carpathia on the Titanic rescue voyage. 5½ins. × 3½ins. (3)

Estimate:  £400 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 325
R.M.S. TITANIC - FENWICK ARCHIVE: Exceptional double exposure photograph taken on the morning of April 12th 1912 of the S.S. Californian, the controversial mystery ship.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 326
R.M.S. TITANIC - FENWICK ARCHIVE: Original photograph taken from the Carpathia of an ice field together with matching negative. 5½ins. x 3ins. (2).
Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 327
R.M.S. TITANIC - FENWICK ARCHIVE: Original copy photograph showing the S.S. Birma, taken from the Carpathia, on the morning of April 15th 1912, hours after the Titanic sank and an original photograph of Titanic lifeboat approaching the Carpathia prior to its occupants being rescued. 5½ins. x 3ins.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 328
R.M.S. TITANIC - FENWICK ARCHIVE: Section of photographs and negatives, taken by the Fenwicks aboard the Carpathia including the ice fields, an officer and the Fenwicks themselves. (3). 5½ins. x 3ins.

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 329
R.M.S. TITANIC FENWICK ARCHIVE: First generation original negative taken onboard the Carpathia of crew members working on deck. 5½ins. × 3½ins. and another of Titanic survivors on Carpathia's forward deck. 5½ins. × 3½ins. (2)

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 330
R.M.S. TITANIC ENQUIRY - ARTHUR MORLAND ORIGINAL PEN, INK AND BODY COLOUR CARTOON: "The London Morning Leader" May 1912. This piece was used in the newspaper and shows a sailor representing Parliament searching for the truth at the Titanic Inquiry. A thought-provoking piece by leading Edwardian artist Arthur Morland, signed bottom right. A copy of the cartoon can be seen in print on the reverse. 9ins. x 9ins. Plus another which shows the red tape that readers of the newspaper would have assumed the inquiry would have had to go through in a quest for the true story surrounding the sinking, signed bottom right. Framed and glazed 9ins. x 9ins.
Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 331
R.M.S. TITANIC: An unusual Elkington plated coffee pot bearing The Commercial Cable Company house motif for the C.S. Mackay-Bennett.
NB: The Mackay-Bennett was one of the cable laying vessels charged with the task of recovering the bodies of those lost in the Titanic disaster and picked up among others the bodies of Wallace Hartley, J.J. Astor and Oscar Woody. 9ins.

Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 332
BELFAST TITANIC HARLAND & WOLFF COLLECTION.

Charlotte E. Irwin (nee Brennan) was 20 years old and a secretary at the drafting offices at Harland & Wolff when Titanic was being built. During her tenure, she was privy to many of the day-to-day workings of the Olympic Class liners and acquired some stellar original snapshot photographs of the people and places important in Titanic's construction and launch. This lot was acquired via descent by Ms. Irwin's daughter, who recently passed away.

R.M.S. TITANIC: A SUPERLATIVE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HARLAND & WOLFF DRAWING ROOM.
A Spectacular post-Titanic original photo of the Harland and Wolff drawing room where Titanic was designed, photographed by someone who worked there. This photograph depicts work in progress in the drawing room with several well-dressed gentlemen in attendance and numerous rolled plans visible in the foreground.

We are aware of two images of this iconic room belonging to Irwin. The other, a remarkable image in which the renowned builder's master model of Olympic/Titanic is in attendance was sold by Henry Aldridge & Son in April 2016.

This sepia-toned photograph measures approximately 1½ins. x 2ins. and possesses remarkable clarity. The lot is accompanied by a copy of a letter from Irwin's daughter, Charlotte Alexandra Nelson Cowie, attesting to Irwin's employment at Harland & Wolff during the time of Titanic's construction. The photograph is believed to date from that time period.

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 333
‡ R.M.S. TITANIC: An exceptionally rare letter by Titanic crewman Sidney Siebert from the mighty ship's birthplace, Belfast, titled 'prior to her sea trials'. R.M.S. Titanic, Belfast, Friday, and is written in pencil over four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4½ins. x 7ins. It is to Sidney's wife Winnie, written in the Public Library in Belfast. In full (with grammar and spelling retained): "I have bought a little note paper so that I could drop you a few more lines than I could get on a postcard. As I told you we had a very trying journey here we were over 11 hours in the train and then straight on to the steamboat for another 8 hours and nowhere to sleep all that time and she was a rather old boat we came over by. I hope you are still keeping well. I am glad to say I am alright the air here is very bracing it makes me as hungry as anything. I don't think a great deal of the City it is not so good as Soton (Southampton) although there are several fine buildings here but the town itself is very dirty and it has been raining ever since we got here. I am writing this in the Public Library a very nice building but not up to date English books and papers seem very scarce here. Also another thing which strikes one as curious is that there are no cabs or Taxis here they all have these jaunting cars as sort of a shelf arrangement on two wheels and they look most decidedly uncomfortable. I have not tried one yet and have no intention of doing so. I expect we are leaving here for our trials on Monday and for home on Tuesday and I can tell you I shall be glad after that long time at home I don't like being away at all. But I suppose I must not grumble as I have had a good time while I was home and must now get on & earn some money. Kiss baby for me tell her daddy wants to see her and I want to see my other little girl as well. Good Night my own beloved with all the hearts love. Your own ever loving & Davoted (sic) Husband hon,"

At this time, Titanic had been in Belfast awaiting her delivery to Southampton in order to embark on her maiden voyage from that port on April 10th, 1912. She had a skeleton delivery crew for this short but necessary journey, of which Siebert was a part. The crew was responsible for getting themselves to Titanic's birthplace, first to take her on her sea trials and then to Southampton. Siebert explains he had carried the notepaper he used for this letter with him to Belfast so that he wouldn't have to send her a postcard. Siebert died in the sinking. His body was not identified. According to Colonel Archibald Gracie in his book Titanic (page 181), Siebert had been pulled from the water into Lifeboat No. 4 but died thereafter. Letters from Titanic's delivery/sea trial crew during their very brief stay in Belfast are practically non-existent. The fact that Siebert mentions the upcoming sea trials and delivery trip, and discusses the sites he had seen in Belfast makes this letter all the more desirable, and possibly unique. A small separation to one of the central horizontal folds, expected light soiling, and some scattered light toning to second page, otherwise fine condition.


Estimate:  £6000 - 8000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 334
R.M.S TITANIC: EXCEEDINGLY RARE ARCHIBALD GRACIE LETTER WITH TITANIC CONTENT.

Archibald Gracie IV was a First Class passenger on Titanic travelling home to Washington, D.C. after a holiday in Europe during which his wife and daughter remained at home. Gracie's situation during and after the sinking was quite precarious. He had been helping others to lifeboats and remained on the ship to the end. He was swept under the waves and managed to surface and survive by hanging onto the overturned Collapsible Lifeboat B.

Gracie wrote a book about the Titanic tragedy titled The Truth About the Titanic published in 1913. But he did not get to finish proof reading the manuscript as on 4th December 1912 he became one of the first survivors to die after the sinking. The cause of death was complications relating to diabetes which some believe was exacerbated by the injuries he suffered from his exposure to the frigid water eight months earlier.

This single-spaced typed letter, signed "Arch d. Gracie," is written on one side of a sheet of onion skin paper, 7¾ins. x 10½ins., and is marked "COPY." However, the letter is the recipient's and bears Gracie's original bold ink signature. It is dated September 26th 1912 and is addressed to Louis M. Ogden, Tuxedo, N.Y. Ogden and his wife were passengers on Carpathia during the rescue of Titanic's survivors. The letter reads, in part:

…My manuscript is nearly completed, and I want to hand it to my publisher…In my book, you will find that I have done justice to what your dear wife and yourself did for us unfortunates while on the CARPATHIA, especially what you did for me…

Gracie asks for the Ogdens' recollections of what they saw and thought as Titanic's lifeboats approached the Carpathia and mentions photographs taken by the Ogdens. He adds a postscript which reads, in part:

I promised Third Officer H.J. Pitman formerly of the TITANIC, now on board the OCEANIC…that I would call your attention to the fact that he had not received the promised prints from you of TITANIC life boats…

This is an exceptional letter written by one of the more renowned passengers of Titanic soon after the disaster to someone who played a prominent enough role in Gracie's rescue to warrant mention in his book. Material written by Gracie rarely if ever comes to market. Gracie died a little over two months after this letter was written. Letters from survivors to those who assisted them on Carpathia are quite rare. This one has exceptional content relating to the disaster and even passes along a message from Titanic's Third Officer!
Expected mailing folds.


Estimate:  £3000 - 5000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 335
R.M.S. TITANIC: White Star Triple-Screw Steamers Olympic 45,000 Tons and Titanic 45,000 Tons - The Largest Steamers in the World, sectional fold out leaflet and 12 interior images plus an image of the steamship, circa 1911. 44ins. x 9½ins.

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 336
R.M.S. CARPATHIA: Dieges and Clust bronze Carpathia medal, plated in silver "Presented to Captain, Officers and Crew of R.M.S Carpathia in recognition of gallant & heroic services from the survivors of the S.S. Titanic April 15th" with suspension loop. 1¼ins. Ex Bonhams #17 3rd April 2012.

Estimate:  £1600 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 337
R.M.S. TITANIC - ALBERT CHARLES THOMAS (1889-1973). No. 680500. CONTINUOUS CERTIFICATE OF DISCHARGE: A record of Saloon Steward Albert Charles Thomas's service on board R.M.S. Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage, with near-contemporary autograph notes outlining the disaster with chilling brevity….. 'date and place of discharge'….."15 APRIL 1912. AT SEA" 'DESCRIPTION OF VOYAGE' "INTENDED NEW YORK."
On pages 15-16, the first column, under the printed heading 'Name of ship and official number, Port of registry, and tonnage,' is filled in, in a contemporary hand, "Titanic. 131428. Liverpool 21831"; the second column, under the printed heading 'Date and place of engagement', is filled in, "10 April 1912, South'ton"; the third column, under the printed heading 'Rating; and R.N.R. No. (if any)' is filled in "Stwd"; the fourth column, under the printed heading 'Date and place of discharge' is filled in "15 April 1912 At Sea"; the fifth column under the printed heading 'Description of voyage' is filled in "Intended New York"; and the final column, under the printed heading 'Signature of Master', is filled in "Extracted from List of Crew Th. Malan, Registrar General, 30th May 1912," with blue stamp. The book, which is signed on several occasions by the holder, details a total of 42 voyages made between 18th February 1910 and 30th January 1914, including the ill-fated one on board Titanic, but also on board the steamers Asturias, Teutonic, Ionic, Majestic and Oceanic where his positions are described variously as Waiter, 2nd Pantry Steward, Steward and Assistant Steward. The 'title' page of the booklet is inscribed in a contemporary hand "Renewal Book. Original lost through shipwreck." Loosely-inserted is a modern photograph of Albert Thomas, in uniform, from an original taken in 1928. Mr Thomas, a First Class Saloon Steward, was rescued in lifeboat 15 (along with 23 other crew members) which was located on the starboard side of Boat Deck, adjacent to the fourth funnel. With a second similar booklet for Albert Thomas detailing voyages made between 4th February 1914 until 27th February 1923, serving on various vessels. (2)

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 338
R.M.S. TITANIC - THOMAS ANDREWS JNR. 1873-1912 FAMILY ARCHIVE:
Handwritten card with embossed address 31a Wellington Place, Belfast. (His home address before his marriage in 1908). He has written a four-point road map to life titled "Egyptian Saying".
1. When a man does not know and does not know that he doesn't
know he is a fool, leave him.
2. When a man does not know plus knows that he does not know he is
a child, teach him.
3. When a man knows but does not know that he knows he is asleep,
wake him.
4. But when a man knows plus knows that he knows, this is a wise
man, follow him.

This card offers a fascinating snapshot into Thomas Andrews Jnr's mindset. 3½ins. x 4½ins.

Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 339
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare copy of the American Senate hearing into the Titanic disaster, second session part 3. This is the signed personal copy of the booklet owned by Carpathia wireless operator, Harold Cottam. As wireless operator Cottam formed an integral part of the rescue effort and gave evidence in both inquiries. Signed H.J. Cottam top right, formally the property of his son. 9ins. x 6ins.

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 340
R.M.S. TITANIC: White Star Line Titanic Olympic - The Largest Steamers in the World, extremely rare American brochure with 11 images mainly about the building process at Harland & Wolff. Circa 1911, 24 pages. Approx. 8½ins. x 5ins.
Estimate:  £2400 - 2800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 341
R.M.S. TITANIC: Extremely rare testimonial to Captain Sir Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia, championing his role in the 1912 rescue of the Titanic passengers. Dated 1930 and featuring a thumbnail portrait of Rostron's then command, the Berengaria, it accompanied the establishment of a trust fund in the Captain's name, which he intended to apply to the education of his children. The linen-backed testimonial was passed to Rostron's lifelong friends, Louis and Augusta Ogden, who were passengers on the Carpathia in April 1912, and is thence by direct descent. It magnificently lists all of this famed seafarer's many achievements and honours.
The opportunity to own a citation to Captain Rostron that specifically names the Titanic is a remote occurrence indeed.
Decorated with dolphins about its opening initial, it reads: 'In Recognition of the Fine Character and Outstanding Seamanship of Sir Arthur Rostron, KBE, RD, RDR, Aide-de-Camp to King George V, United States Medal of Congress, Chevalier Legion d'Honneur, France; Commodore of the Cunard Line Fleet, Captain of the Berengaria, Ambassador of Good Will between Great Britain and America, as a Tribute to His Historic Heroism when Captain of the Carpathia at the Scene of the TITANIC disaster and In Appreciation of his interest in those who have been privileged to travel in ships under his command, the Undersigned have established a Trust Fund in his name as A Testimonial of His Accomplishments and the High Regard in Which He Is Held. MCMXXX (1930).'
On November 1st 1930, it was officially announced by Cunard that Commodore Rostron would retire the following spring, and this testament is believed to derive from that decision. 9½ins. x 7¼ins.

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 342
MISS MILLVINA DEAN TITANIC'S LAST SURVIVOR FROM HER PERSONAL COLLECTION:
Extremely rare wicker covered suitcase with leather corners and stripped linen interior made in the U.S.A. and given to Mrs Eva Dean by the people of New York after the family's arrival in New York after the loss of the Titanic. Third Class surviving passengers Eva Dean and her two young children Bertram and Millvina came to New York destitute after losing all their possessions in the disaster. The contents of this suitcase provided a lifeline for the family. 24ins. x 6ins. x 13ins.
With letter of provenance personally signed by Miss M. Dean sold by H. Aldridge & Son on behalf of Miss Dean 18-10-08 to assist with her care costs, lot 175, an exceptional exhibition lit.
Estimate:  £5000 - 8000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 343
R.M.S. TITANIC - TWO UNIQUE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF TITANIC DEPARTING SOUTHAMPTON HARBOUR:

A pair of original unpublished photographs of Titanic sailing from Southampton Harbour with tugs and other vessels in view. Despite the heavy smoke spewing from various ships' funnels in the photos, the images of Titanic are crisp, clean and detailed.

Each image is hand captioned below, Titanic sailing from Southampton 10 April 1912" and measure 4ins x 5ins. The images were photographed from departure angles with one being a ¾ port side view and the other depicting the stern practically dead on.
The photos were sent from Southampton to Mr. F. Le. Boulanger, a wealthy ship owner, ship broker and coal exporter who lived in Mumbles in South Wales, an area famed for its coal mines. The original mailing envelope postmarked from Southampton on April 26 1912 is included in the lot.
As Mr. Boulanger was a coal exporter in South Wales and as these photos were sent to him, it is quite possible he may have been involved in the provision of coal to the ship. Since the recipient of the photos was important in the ship industry, the photos may have been taken by one of his associates.

This lot is also accompanied by a photograph of three well-dressed ladies including his wife and one of Mr Boulanger, as well as personal papers of the Boulanger family.

These photographs represent previously unknown and unique images of Titanic as she left Southampton. They are close and clear enough to count the portholes and to see the shadow cast by the stern in the water. We would have preferred offering them as two separate lots to provide an additional opportunity for bidders; however, the consignor preferred to keep them together in the sale. Thus, the fortunate winner of this lot will get the set of both Titanic photographs together with the original mailing envelope and the associated photo and papers, an unprecedented opportunity to acquire two original and unpublished Titanic images! of this calibre.

Estimate:  £8000 - 12000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 344
‡ R.M.S. TITANIC - UNIQUE ON-BOARD TITANIC LETTER RECOVERED FROM VICTIM'S BODY:
A superlative letter handwritten on oversized embossed on-board Titanic stationery by First Class victim Alexander Oskar Holverson to his mother on April 13th, 1912, well after Titanic had embarked on her maiden voyage and merely a day before her encounter with an iceberg. Since the ship had no further ports of call before reaching New York, Holverson's intent would have been to post the letter in New York. It represents one of the last known letters to have survived the sinking and the last known letter written on board by a victim. Since it was recovered from Holverson's body he obviously had still hoped to be able to send it on to his mother from New York. As she received it after the ship foundered this may be the only on-board letter written by a victim and delivered to its recipient without postage to date.

The letter is of bifold format, unsigned and written on three of its four pages. It bears the embossed red White Star Line burgee and is headed "On board R-M-S Titanic" in navy blue. Holverson dates the letter in the heading April 13th 1912, with the '191' pre-printed in navy blue. Each page bears a beautiful White Star Line five-pointed star logo watermark (not the more common Spartan soldier) and measures an incredible 7ins. x 9ins. when closed, making this the largest known format for any on-board Titanic letterhead. But for this example, this letter size was virtually unknown.

While the ink on the burgee and wording has not run, owing to the fine printing techniques and inks utilized by the line, the letter displays some colourful stains to the last (blank) page which was the page mostly exposed to the water evident from the way the letter had been folded by Holverson. The stains give testament to the reaction of the acid-rich paper with salt water.

If this letter were virtually blank, it would still rank amongst the most desirable. Yet, the content takes it to another level. Owing to the fact that it was written well into the voyage, Holverson was in a position to actually describe the on-board music and food, as well as life on board. The letter reads, in part, as follows (grammar in original):

"…This boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palacial hotel…If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M. I am sending you a postcard of the ship and also a book of postcards showing the inside…Mate had a letter from Mr. Berry at Buenos Aires which stated that she was getting on fine…Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Astor is on this ship. He looks like any other human being even tho he has millions of money. They sit out on deck with the rest of us…" (Emphasis Added)

Holverson's mention of seeing fellow First Class passenger John Jacob Astor sitting out on deck is an observation the likes of which we have not seen in previous letters written earlier in the voyage, particularly because as a First Class passenger Holverson had access to passengers that those in other classes did not have. He obviously had intended to include a postcard and an on-board postcard book for his mother. Having dealt with these rare postcard books before, we know that it would have been considerably larger than the folded letter and more difficult to carry with him off the ship. But the most ominous thing Holverson writes to his mother is that, "If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M." as if he knew that things may not have gone well. How ironic that these were words he took off the very ship on which he had hoped to arrive.

This lot is accompanied by an original large photograph, 5ins. x 9ins., of Holverson and his wife, Mary Alice. It is hand-captioned on verso, "Dec 1911 Mary Alice Holverson, Oscar Alexander Holverson leaving for South America previous to the Titanic". The photo shows the couple on the deck of a ship in New York harbour. We do not often encounter photos of Titanic passengers at the moment they are embarking on their outbound trip. It would display very well indeed with the letter. Also included in the lot are some unrelated handwritten letters from Holverson's mother to his brother, Walter.

Mr. Holverson was a successful salesman and had been on holiday with his wife in Buenos Aires (thus the reference to that city in the letter) before they arrived in Southampton aboard the Aragon. After a brief stay at the Piccadilly Hotel in London, Holverson and his wife boarded Titanic in Southampton. While Mrs. Holverson was rescued, Mr. Holverson did not survive. His body was the 38th to be recovered by the Mackay-Bennett. His pocket book was recovered within which this letter would have been kept, prior to it being returned with his other effects to his family. Holverson's body was sent to his family and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York.

This letter is amongst the most iconic onboard the Titanic that we have ever seen. It is oversized, hand written on Titanic letterhead by a victim just a day before the ship hit the iceberg, mentions the food, the music and the elite on board, contains an ominous message with regards to the fate of the ship, was carried by its author into the Atlantic and, thence, onto the body recovery ship and shows evidence of its immersion in salt water. As such it ranks as one of the most important items of ephemera from Titanic that have ever been offered for auction, a truly world class example of Titanic memorabilia.
Provenance: From the Family of Alexander Oskar Holverson.

Estimate:  £60000 - 80000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 345
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SILVER DOLLAR COIN RECOVERED FROM TITANIC VICTIM JOHN GILL'S POCKET: John William Gill was a Second Class Titanic passenger travelling to America to seek his fortune as well as a new home for himself and his newlywed wife who remained in England. Gill died in the sinking. His body was the 155th to be recovered by the cable laying ship Mackay-Bennett. Though there was some initial confusion regarding its disposition, Gill's body was buried at sea. Numerous objects were recovered from his body and catalogued before they were returned to his widow. One of the items returned was this 1889 U.S. silver dollar coin which Gill had acquired to spend in America. Gill's widow could not spend it in England and retained it along with Gill's other effects which remained in the family for some time. The coin was included in the list of recovered body effects prepared by the provincial coroner of Nova Scotia. The items returned to Gill's widow, along with various correspondence and related items, constituted the most complete archive of personal items relating to any Titanic victim known to exist. Henry Aldridge & Son was pleased to be able to offer the entire archive for sale in its April 2002 Titanic and White Star Line auction. The coin could easily form the centre piece of any collection. It tells a very real story not only of the Gills but of the hopes and dreams shattered by the tragedy that befell so many on the ship that night. That a coin belonging to Gill survived the disaster while Gill, himself, did not is poignant. This may be the last opportunity to acquire this important piece of Titanic's story.
Provenance Henry Aldridge & Son April 2002.
Estimate:  £3000 - 5000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 346
R.M.S. TITANIC: Extremely rare pair of Titanic corroded iron locker keys belonging to Sidney Daniels, the last surviving member of the Titanic's crew. These keys are exceptional as they are the only known examples belonging to concurrent lockers. Each has a matching brass tag stamped locker 41 F Deck and locker 42 F Deck on a single ring.

On the night of the sinking Daniels reported that he was in his bunk when a night watchman came in and told them to get dressed and up on deck. He recalled assisting women and children to the boats until all but the last two collapsible boats remained. He assisted working at collapsible B until he described being up to his knees in water; following a quick glance around the deck he jumped up onto the rail beside a davit and struck out for the water where he swam around for a couple of minutes before climbing aboard collapsible B. Sid reported men saying the Lord's prayer in unison. He also said that he informed a man near to him that he was exhausted and needed to sleep; the man berated him and told him to stay awake otherwise he might not wake up again. The occupants of the upturned boat were later rescued and taken aboard Carpathia. Sid later returned home aboard the Lapland. (Courtesy Encyclopaedia Titanica)These were in Mr Daniels's pocket during his escape and subsequent rescue. When war broke out in 1914, he served with the Royal Army Service Corps. He passed away in 1983 aged 89.
The lot is being sold via descent.
Estimate:  £50000 - 60000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 347
R.M.S. TITANIC: White Star Line passenger department letter to Sarah, John Gill's wife, repudiating liability for his loss. "The fact that your late husband's body having been buried at sea from the Mackay Bennett is a matter which was beyond our control". A fascinating letter dated November 1912.

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 348
R.M.S. TITANIC: A moving and emotional letter on plain letterhead, from Mrs (Thomas) Everett to White Star Line, Southampton thanking the company for requesting a photograph of her husband's grave and requesting that her brother, who lives in Canada, be informed of the grave's location. Mrs Everett makes a poignant plea for anything that was found on the body including cash that she believes her husband had. She explains that she has two little children and sold nearly everything they had to raise the money for Everett to make his voyage. The letter contains numerous handwritten notes reflecting that an answer has been sent as well as an employee's initial. 8ins. x 10ins.
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 349
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare notice relating to the Belfast "Titanic Hero Memorial", the notice reads "The Lady Mayoress having desired the opportunity of putting before our employes a suggestion that they should be represented on the Ladies Committee at the City Hall, it is desired that the Leading Hands and Foremen will meet in the Works Dining Hall at 5.45 p.m. on Monday, the 20th instant, to hear a statement made on behalf of the Lady Mayoress, and to select representatives for this purpose". Then handwritten The Lady Mayoress will be present. (Typed) Dated - 18th May, 1912.
Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 350
MR THOMAS LEONARD THEOBALD WAS A THIRD CLASS PASSENGER ONBOARD TITANIC WHO WAS TRAVELLING TO DETROIT, MICHIGAN, WHERE HE WAS LOOKING FOR WORK PRIOR TO SENDING FR HIS WIFE ANNIE THEOBALD. MR. THOMAS THEOBALD WAS LOST IN THE DISASTER AND HIS BODY WAS RECOVERED NO. 176.

R.M.S. TITANIC HE THOMAS LEONARD THEOBALD ARCHIVE:
White Star Line steamship department letter dated June 28th, 1912, to Mrs. Theobald, 10, Bowes Road, Strood, Nr.Rochester.
Dear Madam:-
We beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of yesterday with the four forms of receipt for the effects found on your late husband's body, duly signed, for which we are obliged.

We enclose herewith our cheque for £3.6/- being the amount of £2 10/- paid by Mr Theobald for rail to Detroit and 16/- refund of head tax; kindly sign and return to us the enclosed receipt for same.
Yours faithfully,
for White Star Line.
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 351
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE THOMAS LEONARD THEOBALD ARCHIVE:
White Star Line steamship department letter dated 30th May, 1912, to Mrs Annie Theobald, 10 Bowes Road, Strood, near Rochester. Kent.
Dear Madam,
s.s. "Titanic". The Late Mr. Theobald. Ref 3/167

We are in receipt of your letter of yesterday, and in reply thereto (sic) beg to inform you that we have sent your letter to New York and are asking them to make further enquiries (sic) regarding the money which Mr. Theobald should have had on his body. It is possible that the clothes had to be destroyed on account of their condition, but you may rest assured that we will do all we possibly can to meet your wishes.
We are, dear Madam,
Yours faithfully,
FOR THE WHITE STAR LINE.

P.S. We are glad to note from your letterthat (sic) you are in
communication with the Lord Mayor of London's Fund.
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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