Titanic, White Star, Ocean Liner and Travel Memorabilia
on Saturday 27th April 2019
On view:
Thursday 25th April - 10am -4pm
Friday 26th April - 10am - 4pm
Saleday from 9am
Sale commences at 1pm
Lots: 251-275 of 275
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Lot 251
WILLIAM MACQUITTY COLLECTION - R.M.S. TITANIC: Abernethys Studio postcard of Titanic designer Thomas Andrews. Pencil notations on reverse "property of Mrs Quinn 10 Windsor Avenue, Bangor, County Down". Thomas Andrews was a tall man, over 6 feet.

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 252
R.M.S. TITANIC: Plan of First-Class accommodation (December 1911). This fantastic piece was effectively a road map of Titanic's First-Class areas showing all of the cabins, suites & amenities. It also shows images of both suites & state rooms. It offers detailed notes for passengers relating to restaurants, Turkish baths, squash court, gymnasium, clothes pressing service, lounge and reception rooms, passenger elevators, verandah cafe/palm court & electric heaters (under control of passengers). Framed and glazed. 4ins. x 30ins.

Estimate:  £5000 - 8000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 253
R.M.S. TITANIC: Unique engagement ring given to Helen Reilly Barbour on the occasion of her engagement to Titanic's designer & head of her 'guarantee group' Thomas Andrews.
The happy couple married on 24th June 1908 & their daughter Elizabeth Law-Barbour Andrews was born 27th November 1910. The ring itself is 18 carat gold with a princess cut sapphire to the centre of a 0•50ct. surrounded by diamonds, approx. 0•30ct. The ring has remained in the family since being given by Thomas.
NB: The ring was a focal point in a documentary on BBC Northern Ireland aired in 2012 when Helen Andrews's youngest daughter Vera (from her 2nd marriage, to Henry Pearson Harland of Harland & Wolff in 1917) was interviewed about her mother and the Titanic. The ring forms a unique link to one of the most important chapters in the life of Titanic's designer - Thomas Andrews and represents his love for her.

Estimate:  £8000 - 12000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 254
R.M.S. TITANIC: Silver hallmarked sugar shaker, London 1905-06, makers mark DSN. Engraved with the Andrews family crest. 7½ozs. 8ins.
Provenance Helen Reilly Harland formerly Andrews.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 255
BELFAST: Superb early 20th century silver plated drinks tray engraved with the Harland family crest. 15ins.
Provenance Helen Reilly Harland formerly Andrews.

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 256
BELFAST: Superb Elkington plate large oval serving tray engraved with the Harland family crest of a mythical creature holding an anchor. 30ins.
Provenance Helen Reilly Harland formerly Andrews.

Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 257
R.M.S. TITANIC: A rare Afrormosia Waring & Gillow First-Class corner desk believed intended for the SS Californian, impressed 76619 to reverse, bearing indistinct label - reading "SS California/SS Californian. Said to have been bought in Edinburgh, where the Leyland liner Californian was built. Captain Stanley Lord was vilified after the Titanic disaster through British inquiry innuendo & U.S. Senate criticism. No formal charges were ever filed, and Captain Lord protested his innocence to the end of his life, he was a broken man & his career never recovered. Items from onboard the Californian are few & far between.
Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 258
R.M.S. TITANIC: A unique pair of letters between two of the most high profile and important individuals in the Titanic story, Thomas Andrews, Titanic designer and J. Bruce Ismay. The letters relate to a bonus payment of £200 to Thomas from the White Star Line.
The first letter, dated April 1st 1903, from White Star relates to the bonus of £200. "The valuable work you have performed in a variety of ways for the White Star Line", signed by J. Bruce Ismay as Ismay Imrie with handwritten envelope. The second is handwritten by Thomas and dated April 2nd 1903 thanking Ismay for his letter.

Estimate:  £1500 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 259
R.M.S. TITANIC: Exceptional letter archive relating to Thomas Andrews. The first letter dated May 24th to Mrs Eliza Andrews, Thomas's wife, from her cousin.

To Mrs Thomas Andrews, Ardara, Comber County Down headpaper: Writing Room, Euston Station, N.W.

Thursday

"My dearest cousin Lizzie, I came here to meet Miss Sloan - the little Stewardess who was on Tommie's ship and see her off to Belfast and I have sent a letter to poor wee Nellie (wife of Thomas Andrews Jr) to tell her how Miss Sloan can talk of no one but Tommie. She says he was just noble, just as he always was grand fellow, so un-selfish and so calm and so brave though he knew the hopelessness of all from the first.
She says he was graver than usual when she met him close to the doctor's cabin going up to the dining on the Friday evening.
He was in evening dress but stopped to speak to her and seemed not to want to go on tho' the doctor was calling him to come on or he'd be late.
He seemed to want to talk of home and told her his father had been ill 'and my wife hasn't been too well.
He seemed to be thinking of them so tenderly ……he said you'd had so much an anxious winter and the stewardess said to give him cheery ideas, some of Titanic - 'she was just a perfect ship'. She said you could see where his heart was every minute".

Previously unpublished it gave his wife a survivor's account of the last hours of her husband, sold with its original envelope.
The second part of the archive is a letter written by stewardess Mary Sloan to Thomas's father, dated 5th June 1912. It's written from the Olympic and thanks him for the book he sent and also asks him to pass on her best wishes to Mrs Andrews.
NB: Mary Sloan was the only woman on the ship from Belfast. These letters are important. As well as being previously unpublished, they show Mary's concern for Thomas Andrews's parents. Miss Sloan was interviewed by several publications in Northern Ireland on her return home and spoke very highly of Thomas Andrews. In the years after the sinking to her death she remained silent about the Titanic, being buried in East Belfast in 1949. This pair of letters is exceptionally rare and represent a previously unpublished account written only five weeks after the sinking.


Estimate:  £2500 - 3500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 260
R.M.S. TITANIC MABEL & GEORGE FENWICK ARCHIVE: George & Mabel were travelling aboard the Carpathia on their honeymoon to Europe when she diverted to the Titanic's wreck site. The following negatives were taken by the Fenwicks during their time on the Carpathia and are sold by direct descent.
Negative showing officers from the rescue ship the SS Carpathia on her deck, including her captain, Arthur Rostron one of the heroes of the Titanic rescue story. 6ins. x 4ins.

Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 260A
R.M.S. TITANIC: Photo negative of the SS Californian taken from the deck of the Carpathia on April 15th 1912 within hours of Titanic's demise. 6ins. x 4ins.

Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 261
R.M.S. TITANIC: Photo negative of a Carpathia crew member taken on deck. 6ins. x 4ins.

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 262
R.M.S. TITANIC: A photograph & negative showing Titanic survivors Hilda Slater, Lawrence Beesley and Alice Gray Silvey on the deck of the Carpathia after being picked up from the Titanic wreck. 4ins. x 6ins.

Estimate:  £150 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 263
R.M.S. TITANIC: A photo negative showing the SS Carpathia in Genoa after arriving in the Mediterranean from New York, a voyage that was disrupted when the Carpathia was diverted to rescue survivors from Titanic. 4ins. x 6ins.

Estimate:  £150 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 264
R.M.S. TITANIC: An exceptional handwritten postcard postmarked 11pm 9th April 1912 sent by Second-Class passenger Jacob Christian Milling (1863-1912). Milling was one of 13 Danes on aboard the Titanic on the ship's fateful maiden voyage across the Atlantic. He was employed at "Sydfyenske Jernbaner" (Southern Fyn Railways) and highly respected for his knowledge and his ability to construct locomotive parts. In 1912, he was granted leave for a two-month paid study tour in the United States.

Milling wrote the postcard to his wife, Augusta, and it was sent just prior to Milling's departure, where he was waiting with excitement in his hotel room at the South Western Hotel in Southampton with a view of the mighty ship from his window. The postcard reads:

"Dear Augusta! This is the last thing you will hear from me from this side of the Atlantic. I may send a wireless if it is not too expensive. I am staying at Banen's Hotel, it's not cheap but comfortable. From my window, I can see the ship in the dock. How are the old folks? Send them and the children my greetings. Many greetings to all of you. From Jacob."

A few days later (14th April) he sent the "Wireless" telegram mentioned in the postcard from the ship. He stated in a pre-arranged code (ABANAPAS) that everything was fine: "All is well, calm weather, the ship is fine, I am enjoying myself, good travel companions, a wonderful trip". The telegram reached Augusta at the couple's address in Odense only a few hours after Milling had perished in the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean. Milling was found by the CS Mackay-Bennett, body #271 and taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from where his remains were sent home via Boston on board the C.F. Tietgen on 16th May 1912. Jacob Milling was buried at the Assistens Cemetery in the centre of Copenhagen on 3rd June 1912. A superb piece on numerous levels.
Estimate:  £5000 - 8000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 265
R.M.S. TITANIC: A rare ticket to the ladies' gallery for the inquiry at the Scottish Drill Hall into the Loss of the SS Titanic 2nd May 1912 - 3rd July 112. The ticket was to admit a friend of Captain Packenham & was for all days. 4½ins. x 3½ins.

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 266
R.M.S. TITANIC: First-Class passenger Helen Churchill Candee, one of the most powerful & emotive three-dimensional objects from the Titanic ever offered for auction. This silver brandy flask is engraved with the Churchill family arms bearing the legend "Faithful but Unfortunate". A cherished family heirloom, it travelled onboard the Titanic with Mrs Churchill Candee, a member of the famous coterie, onboard the liner.
As the ship was sinking Mrs Churchill Candee believed that her friend Edward Kent - a fellow First-Class passenger - was more likely to survive than she. She gave the flask to him with the words. "You stand a better chance of living than I".
Mr Kent's body was later recovered by the crew of the C.S Mackay-Bennett and among the items sent back to his wife was this flask. Helen survived the sinking & later received a package from Mr Kent's grieving sister Charlotte on mourning stationery containing the words
"..the flask is badly out of shape", alongside an explanation of why she was returning the flask to its owner.
Mrs Churchill Candee was a prolific authoress and early pioneer for women's rights. Her books included "How Women May Make a Living" and she was returning to the United States as her son had been injured in an air-crash. Her story was not only recounted in a Night to Remember but is believed by some to have been one of the inspirations for the lead character "Rose" in James Cameron's blockbuster "Titanic". The flask itself bears the scars inflicted by Titanic's death throes.
It was sold by Henry Aldridge & Son in September 2005 via direct descent. It is the first time it has been offered since.
The flask and letter have been on show since January 2019 at the world's largest Titanic museum located in the United States and have been viewed by several hundred thousand people in that time.
A truly exceptional museum piece.
Also a photograph with pencil notation on reverse of Helen Churchill Candee. 4ins. x 2ins. (3).

Estimate:  £50000 - 80000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 267
R.M.S. TITANIC - RARE CORRESPONDENCE CONFIRMING THE WRONG VICTIM WAS IN THE COFFIN:
Brothers Leonard, Lewis and Stanley Hickman of Fritham, Hampshire, England were travelling to Eden, Manitoba, Canada to where Leonard had already emigrated in 1908 and worked as a farmhand for a wealthy farmer, Harold Honeyman. They boarded Titanic in Southampton as Second-Class passengers. All three brothers were lost in the sinking. For some time following the disaster, it was believed that only Leonard's body had been recovered, by the Mackay-Bennett, body No. 256.

This lot consists of two spectacular handwritten letters. The first is dated May 11-12, 1912 from Jim Smith, of Eden, Manitoba, Canada to Albert, another Hickman brother who planned to emigrate to Canada later. The letter consists of eight pages, each measuring about 8ins. x 10½ins. and relates, virtually in its entirety, to the discovery by Leonard's boss, H.R. Honeyman, who attended "Leonard's" funeral, that the body he viewed in the coffin was not Leonard's but, apparently, Leonard's brother Lewis whose own name had not appeared on the list of recovered bodies. The author states that Honeyman did want him to view the body as he had "thought it would be best for me to remember Leon as we last seen him, the Bright Happy Boy that left Eden in December". The letter reflects on how Honeyman decided not to reveal his discovery at the funeral in light of the effect it would have at such a time. Thus, the funeral proceeded as if Leonard's body was in the coffin.

The letter explains that it was the moustache that helped give the misidentification away. Lewis had one. Leonard did not. It also discusses Honeyman's communications with White Star Line. The detail of this letter over eight pages concerning the single topic of the body's misidentification is superb. Macabre at times, it is the most detailed account of a Titanic victim's body identification we have seen.

The second letter, addressed to Albert T. Hickman, is from H.R. Honeyman himself and consists of three handwritten pages dated May 20th, 1912, headed Eden, Manitoba, Canada, each page measuring about 7¾ins. x 9¾ins. and is accompanied by its original mailing envelope with stamp. The handwriting is impeccable, almost calligraphic.
Honeyman implies that the body, which he originally thought was his employee, Leonard, had been forwarded from Halifax to the care of a local undertaker. The entire letter is devoted to the misidentification of the body, the burial and Lewis's personal effects. It is quite detailed.

These letters represent what is possibly the most detailed account of a Titanic victim's identification and burial, with a unique insight into a misidentification of a body recovered from Titanic. Had the funeral not involved an open casket and had Honeyman not recognized that the body was not that of his employee, Leonard, history may have continued to attribute body No. 256 to Leonard. While the body effects which were subsequently shipped to England suggested they belonged to Lewis rather than Leonard, the identity would not have been certain without viewing the body. Although the provincial coroner in Halifax photographed at least some of the bodies, no photographic record of body No. 256 is known to exist and it is unclear whether photos were taken of bodies that were transferred to other destinations such as Lewis's. These letters constitute the only known confirmation of the misidentification that occurred, from the one who discovered it!
Estimate:  £3000 - 5000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 268
R.M.S. TITANIC: Superb cast brass lifeboat plaque "SS Titanic" believed from lifeboat number 12. This historic item is inscribed on the reverse 'lifeboat number 12'. It was originally purchased in the early 1960s by a New York antiques dealer from an elderly woman believed to be Third-Class survivor Margaret Devaney
Walter Lord gave his verbal authentication to this plaque prior to its original sale in 1987. 13ins. Ex. Onslows 1987.

Estimate:  £25000 - 35000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 269
R.M.S. TITANIC: John W. Gill pocket penknife - Hoyland, Hull. Stainless steel with bone handle. 4ins. Provenance Gill archive by descent that was found on the body of Mr Gill when his body No. 155 was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett.
The John Gill Archive. This collection was offered for sale at Henry Aldridge & Son and was one of the rarest and most complete to be offered in recent years. It charted the correspondence between The White Star Line and John William Gill's wife of only two months Sarah Elizabeth Winifred. The archive sold for over £130,000 in 2002, and are sold via direct descent from second class passenger Gill R.M.S. Titanic Ticket Number 233866. Sarah Elizabeth Hodder had married John Gill on the 14th February 1912. Two months later Mr Gill perished on the Titanic. He also had tickets for his wife and her father to join him, but due to outstanding commitments neither could travel at the time and were to follow on later.
The following items were found on Mr Gill's person when his body No. 155 was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett.
Gold Watch and chain, silver match box, $43 in notes, $4.60 in United States silver, 65c in United States nickels, 9 shillings in silver, 7 pence in copper, gold ring, initials J.W.G., pocket knife, pocket comb in case, case containing leads for pencil, collar stud, pocket book with few miscellaneous papers, punch keys, letter addressed to Mrs J W Gill.

NB: The Gill Archive was sold by Henry Aldridge & Son in April 2002 & is still widely regarded as one of the most complete collections of Titanic material attributed to one passenger.
This is the first time that this pocket knife has been offered for sale since.

Estimate:  £6000 - 10000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 270
R.M.S. TITANIC - RARE TITANIC SONG SHEET WITH SPECIAL COVER:
This is an exceptionally rare piece of Titanic disaster sheet music, entitled "Lost on the Titanic" by S. Elliott published in 1912 by A.W. Perry & Sons' Music Company, Sedalia, Missouri, measuring 9¾ins. x 12¼ins. brown print on buff paper. There are a total of 8 page sides, with the song on 3 sides and a particularly dramatic illustration of Titanic and a lifeboat on the cover.
Interesting about this piece is that the sheet music itself is contained within a separate bifold cover which contains the song title and the aforementioned illustration on the front. An imposing piece, excellent for display and for playing on the piano.
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 271
R.M.S. TITANIC: Superb onboard letter written by Richard Gedde, steward on the Titanic who perished in the sinking.
The letter is written on Titanic stationery & is sold with its original White Star Line envelope addressed to his wife.

"My dearest Sal, We got away yesterday after a lot of trouble. As we were passing the New York and Oceanic the New York broke her ropes and very nearly ran into us, but we just happened to avoid a collision. I could see visions of Belfast it must have been a trying time for the Captain. Well sweetheart there is none of us got much of a show and there won't be much made on the outward journey but it won't matter as long as we get something good on the homeward one, well it cannot be helped we might be luckier next trip, now I hope you are feeling good and not worrying, because I think you needn't. How is my little sweetheart getting along I guess she misses me a wee bit, what do you think; This ship is going to be a good deal better than the Olympic at least I think so, steadier and everything up till now. If we get in on time on Wednesday and there happens to be a boat I will write from New York but you see if there isn't it will come by ours and that won't be any good. I will drop a letter card to Annie, you had better write too. I will close now dear I haven't any news. I am feeling pretty good. With fondest love and kisses to my dear wife and kiddies. Your affectionate husband Dick xxxxx"

This lot is sold with the original certified extract, relating to the death of a seaman, giving official confirmation of his death in the Titanic disaster plus copies of photographs of Mr Gedde & his wife (6).

Estimate:  £12000 - 18000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 272
R.M.S. TITANIC: An extremely rare silk Hands Across the Sea, onboard Titanic postcard, showing the stars and stripes intertwined with the Norwegian Flag. The card is written onboard Titanic by Third-Class passenger Henry Olsen and is postmarked Queenstown 3.45 April 11th.
The postcard reads:
"S.S. Titanic
Dear Sina, on the way to New York. A very nice boat to travel with,
you can imagine. Don't feel anything of the sea, will most likely arrive in New
York next Tuesday. Love to everyone at Home. Love Your Henry".

This is one of the finest postcards written onboard Titanic known. Hands across the Sea silk examples written onboard the ship are virtually unheard of & this is one of the rarest of this type.
Minor soiling to the face of the card.

Estimate:  £15000 - 20000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 273
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare cutaway for the Olympic & Titanic with colour cover First & Second-Class photo. Interior opens to reveal plan of decks with photos on reverse. Approx. 42ins. x 9ins.

Estimate:  £1500 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 274
R.M.S. TITANIC: Original promotional brochure showing notes & illustrations of First & Second-Class passenger accommodation on the new White Star Line Triple Screw Royal Mail Steamers Olympic & Titanic.
The brochure includes the original pull-out illustration of the First-Class dining salon & is profusely illustrated over its 32 pages.

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 275
R.M.S. TITANIC: Extremely rare, cobalt blue, Spode, demitasse saucer with gilt O.S.N.C. to centre, marked Spode, Copeland's China, England, R4332 registration 580305 to reverse. Diameter 5ins.
Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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