Titanic, White Star and Liner Memorabilia Sale
on Saturday 22nd April 2017
Viewing:
Thursday 20th April 10am - 4.00pm
Friday 21st April 12 noon - 4.00pm
Saleday from 8.30am
Sale commences at 1.00pm
Lots: 244-258 of 258
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Lot 244
R.M.S. TITANIC: An extremely desirable and unique full length beaver lamb fur coat owned and worn by Titanic Stewardess Mabel Bennett onboard R.M.S. Titanic when she was saved in Lifeboat No. 5. Bennett was married to George William Bennett and they had a daughter, also named Mabel.
Bennett signed on to Titanic as a Stewardess on 6th April 1912, having previously worked as a Stewardess on Olympic. Interestingly, Bennett's brother-in-law and nephew, Alfred Crawford and Leonard James Hoare, respectively, served on board Titanic with her. Her nephew was lost in the sinking while her brother-in-law was saved. While a trio of relatives serving on board the ship at the same time is noteworthy in itself, Bennett is also known for being one of the longest living, if not the longest living, female member of the crew, dying at the age of 95.

Bennett wore this heavy coat for protection from the cold as she boarded a lifeboat and embarked on Carpathia. She also wore it aboard the Red Star Line S.S. Lapland which had been used by White Star Line to transport Titanic's crew back to England. The lot is accompanied by a copy photograph of Bennett on the deck of the Lapland for the return voyage to Plymouth pictured with other Titanic Stewardesses in which she can be seen wearing this very coat!

The coat remained in Bennett's family for almost 90 years before being sold by Henry Aldridge and Son in 1999 and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from her Great Niece which reads in part. "This coat was worn by my Great Aunt Mabel who was a Stewardess. On her rescue from the Titanic she was in her nightdress and this coat was the first garment she snatched for warmth. My aunt gave me the coat in the early 60s, because of her advancing years she found the weight of the coat too much for her" The great niece had the coat subtly remodeled in the 1960s to give it a more contemporary style.

The opportunity to acquire this stunning coat is unique in that not only was it a personal possession of a Titanic crew member that was worn and had travelled with her on Titanic, a lifeboat, Carpathia and Lapland, but, to our knowledge, represents the only piece of exceptionally well provenanced clothing from Titanic to ever come to auction.

The owner of this coat will have an exceptional opportunity for display as the coat is large, visually striking, attention-grabbing and unlike anything from the Titanic ever before offered at auction. The coat itself has recently been on display at "Titanic, The Worlds Largest Museum Attraction in the United States" where several hundred thousand people saw it in an exact recreation of a First class stateroom., this coat is one of the most remarkable Titanic items to have been offered for auction in recent years.

A truly fascinating and highly significant artifact.

Estimate:  £50000 - 80000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 245
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:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 246
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:  £3000 - 5000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 247
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare Olympic & Titanic - Largest Steamers in the World. Notes and Illustrations first and second class passenger accommodation soft bound promotional brochure. A good clean example with 16 colour images (of which one foldout) of the interior and exterior with original red ribbon. 32 pages. Approx. 6½ins. x 4½ins.
Estimate:  £3000 - 5000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 248
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:  £7000 - 10000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 249
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 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 250
R.M.S. TITANIC: Extremely rare Dieges and Clust gold Carpathia medal awarded to Horace John Dean, First Officer of the Carpathia, Titanic's rescue ship. Fourteen gold medals were awarded to the most senior crew members and only a handful have ever been sold to our knowledge at auction and none from such a senior Officer. First Officer Dean's continuous certificates of discharge are accompanying the medal which document his career on the high seas, again a first for a medal of this importance. The all-important entry for Carpathia's rescue voyage is the 24th in his second book with Captain Rostron listed as Master with stamped signature. On the morning of 15th April, the Carpathia picked up the surviving passengers and crew from the Titanic. A committee was formed on-board by a group of surviving First Class passengers that resolved to reward the crew of the Carpathia with gold, silver and bronze medals dependant on rank. The gold is the most highly prized and this example is the most important to be offered at auction to date, sold with its period red ribbon. (3).

Estimate:  £25000 - 30000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 251
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare period glass negative, showing Mr William Edward Hipkins, a First Class passenger who was lost in the sinking. The image itself shows the front page of The Toledo System December 3rd 1909 with a large photograph of Mr Hipkins in his capacity as Managing Director of W & T Avery, Weighing Manufacturer. Avery supplied the lifts that were used on Titanic.

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 252
R.M.S. TITANIC: An exceptional letter written onboard the ill-fated liner by first class passenger Alfons Simonius-Blumer. The letter is written in Swiss German on the morning of 11th April on Titanic stationery over four pages. The content of the letter is truly exceptional and is sold with its original envelope stamped Queenstown, Ireland 11th April, 1912 and Basel, Switzerland 13th April 1912.


On board "R.M.S.Titanic". 11/4/1912 10 a.m. 1912
Between Cherbourg and Queenstown
Dear Alice!
You will get this letter, probably on April 13th, and I will be halfway from yesterday and the day before. Yesterday evening at 7 o'clock we were at Cherbourg dock and I was standing at the entrance when I suddenly saw the three Frö?hlichers and they were instantly surprised by my welcome in Swiss (German). We sat with them at the same table in the dining room (25 × 35m in size), a six-seat table where we eat together and can talk a little together afterwards.

Last night I slept wonderfully from half past 10 to 7 o'clock this morning and I've ridden the (electric) horse and camel. They have left me well shaken up, and this afternoon at 3 or 4 o'clock I think I will take a Turkish bath. Although the wind is blowing strongly, the ship is not heeling over one bit, and I certainly think that not even you would get seasick, because everywhere the air is excellent.
In the smoking saloon and the other saloons they burn fires, mostly coal, and partly gas, but the air is good because of artificial ventilation against the smoke. It is really as good as the best hotel.

In an hour we shall be in Queenstown and stay there for the mails for probably a few hours. After that the real journey to the ocean begins
I wrote yesterday to Paul, so he knows my address, and he will ensure that the meeting at the end of May in Vienna takes place.

I received despatches yesterday in Cherbourg from Banff (Canada) & London and will now be only four days without news, because by as soon the 16th we will probably already be in London (sic - means New York), because our ship runs 25 - 26 knots per hour and the clock is reset every midnight by 63 minutes, because New York is five hours behind London.

Dr. Stachelin and the Frö?hlicher family send friendly greetings and the only regret of the latter is that you and Ella are not on the ship. They are visiting a brother-in-law and a brother and stay circa until the end of May, then return with the second son who has been overseas for about 1½ years (eighteen months). Now, farewell! Greetings to all, and feel kissed by your Alphons.
PS. Here in the smoking room (at the end of the ship) you can feel the propellers working, while in my cabin it is as quiet as in my room at home.


Mr Alfons Simonius-Blumer, 56, a colonel in the Swiss Army, was born on 23rd October 1855 in Basel, Switzerland. Mr Alfons Simonius-Blumer was accompanied by Dr. Max Staehelin-Maeglin, a lawyer. They boarded the Titanic as first class passengers. Their destination was New York, where they wanted to look after the business of Heine & Co., which belonged to the Swiss Bankverein. Simonius-Blumer bought his first class ticket number 13213 (£35 10s) from his agent: Kaiser & Cie., Basel for 897.35 Swiss francs. He boarded at Southampton and occupied cabin A-26. On Sunday evening (April 14th) Alfons Simonius-Blumer, Max Frölicher-Stehli and Max Staehelin-Maeglin sat in the first class smoke room and played cards until shortly after 11 pm. Around 11.30 pm they went to their staterooms. After the collision he went outside to see what had happened.

At 0.50 am he entered lifeboat 3 together with Max Staehelin-Maeglin. Lifeboat 3 (capacity 65) was launched from the starboard side at 1.00 a.m. under the command of Able Bodied Seaman George Moore. It contained 38 or 40 people. Later they rowed to keep warm. Lifeboat 3 arrived at the Carpathia at about 6.00 on the morning of April 15th 1912. In New York he was met by Dr. Hans Winterfeldt. He and Max Staehelin went to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. They visited the Heine Co. and travelled back to Europe on 7th May 1912 aboard of the Prinzessin Victoria Luise. Alfons Simonius-Blumer left the Army in 1913. He died in Lucerne from heart failure on 26th May 1920.

Estimate:  £20000 - 22000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 253
R.M.S. TITANIC: White Star Line - The Largest and Finest Steamers in the World Olympic 45,000 Tons Titanic 45,000 Tons - Some Interesting Views, rare fold out brochure/leaflet showing a cross sectional view of the Titanic and Olympic with eight interior images. 44ins. x 10ins when unfolded, 29th October 1911.

Estimate:  £1500 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 254
R.M.S. TITANIC: Extremely rare 72 page promotional brochure possibly for her launch with text and 47 photographs & images of both the exterior and interior of Olympic & Titanic built at Harland & Wolff, Belfast. "Each door is held in the open position by a suitable friction clutch, which can be instantly released by means of a powerful electro magnet controlled from the Captain's bridge, so that, in the event of accident, or at any time when it may be considered advisable, the Captain can, by simply moving an electric switch, instantly close the doors throughout, practically making the vessel unsinkable." White Star Line Royal & United States Mail Steamers - Olympic & Titanic 45,000 Tons each -The Largest Vessels in the World - Designed, Built and Engined by Harland & Wolff. Ltd., Belfast Printed by The Liverpool Printing & Stationery Co. Ltd., Mercer Court, Redcross Street, 72 pages. The condition of this brochure is quite remarkable, it is the finest example of its type we have ever handled. Approx. 5½ins. x 8½ins.

Estimate:  £7000 - 10000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 255
R.M.S. TITANIC: One of the finest photographs of the Titanic we have had the privilege of auctioning. An oversize image in sepia of Titanic, undated but probably taken on 9th April, the day before she left on her maiden voyage. The clarity and detail are astonishing with the image capturing abseiling cleaning windows and even a workman on a gantry touching up the paint work on the hull, preparing the final finishing touches before she left Southampton for the first and last time. 18ins. x 11ins.

Estimate:  £5000 - 8000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 256
R.M.S. TITANIC: Original vintage photo of the Mackay-Bennett, circa 1900. Approx. 11½ins. x 9¼ins.

NB: The CS Mackay-Bennett was the first of four ships chartered by the White Star Line to search for bodies in the aftermath of the sinking. The ship recovered 306 bodies.
Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 257
R.M.S. TITANIC: The crew of the Mackay-Bennett, original vintage photograph of the crew of the Mackay-Bennett on the deck of the ship. The image depicts 11 crew members, including a carpenter in the back wielding a large hammer, circa 1900. 11ins. x 9ins.

NB: The CS Mackay-Bennett was the first of four ships chartered by the White Star Line to search for bodies in the aftermath of the sinking. The ship recovered 306 bodies.
Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 258
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, RNR, Aide-de-Capt to King George V, United States Media 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.
  
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