Titanic, White Star, Ocean Liner & Transport Memorabilia Auction on
Saturday 20th June 2020
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Wednesday 17th June 10am - 4pm
Thursday 18th June 10am - 4pm
Friday 19th June 10am - 4pm
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and during the auction on sale day.
Lots: 244-275 of 275
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Lot 244
BELFAST/HARLAND AND WOLFF: 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:  £350 - 450 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 245
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Sam Smith served on the Minia and was onboard during the mission where she took part in recovering the bodies of those lost on the Titanic. The archive is sold via direct descent and has never been shown publicly before. Sam was a joiner on the Minia and can be seen at no 10 in the crew list. It is without doubt one of the most complete collections of material owned and collected by a Minia crewman in existence. Thanks to Roger Marsters, curator of Marine History in Halifax NS and Craig A. Sopin, one of the leading Titanic authorities in the world, for their assistance in researching the collection.

Original oversize photograph taken from The Prinz Adalbert on the days after the Titanic disaster of an iceberg thought by some to have been the culprit that sank Titanic. If this is indeed the iceberg it would be impossible to prove conclusively. However we do know that SS Prinz Adalbert was in the vicinity of Titanic's collision with the berg on April 16th. It is unknown how Mr Smith obtained this photo, however the image itself was contained within the Titanic wreck wood frame sold as lot 246. A fascinating piece of Titanic memorabilia with impeccable provenance. Mounted on board 13½ins. x 9ins. Together with a letter written by Mr Smith on board CS Minia dated 4/8/1918, portrait photo & telegram addressed to the Minia 11/11/1918 'Armistice was signed today 6am November 11th'.
Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 246
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Extremely rare substantial oak frame carved from timber recovered from the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. This particular wreck wood frame is one of the largest known examples of its type in existence today from Titanic. It was fashioned by Mr Smith and has remained in his family since 1912. Sold with letter of authenticity to this fact. 21ins. x 18ins.
Estimate:  £12000 - 18000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 247
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Original illustrated family Bible belonging to Mr Smith and his wife Lily.
Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 248
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Original copy of The Western Union News featuring Capt. de Carteret, handwritten letter from Mr Smith, period photo of him on board the Minia. Notation to reverse December 29th 1918. 'Notice how happy we all look'. Archival folder of letters and photos relating to Mr Smith, his work and family. Also a series of copies of images of the Minia, etc.

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 249
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Samuel & Lily Smith's wedding photo, sold complete with his watch chain decorated with a piece of ships cable, as seen in the photograph, wedding ring with cable decoration, identity charm and a yellow metal locket. 9ins. x 7ins.
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 250
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: A rare oak frame fashioned by Samuel Smith from wreck wood from the ill-fated Titanic, which has remained in his family since 1912. Sold with letter of provenance attesting to its authenticity. Contained within the frame is a contemporary artistic impression of Titanic at sea 10½ins. x 12½ins.
Estimate:  £4000 - 6000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 251
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Rare Young Brothers of Toronto Minia postcard.

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 252
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Rare pair of sepia photographs showing the Minia in pack ice, mounted on card. 8½ins. x 6ins.

Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 253
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: CS Minia, period images of the Minia at sea and stuck in ice, from Mr Smith's personal collection 8ins. x 9ins. and 8ins. x 6½ins.
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 254
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Archive collection of ephemera & photos to include Mr Smith and his family, personal rent book, newspaper dated 14th August 1937 detailing his retirement from the Western Union, etc.
Estimate:  £150 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 255
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Extremely rare C.S. Minia Christmas and New Year card for 1911-12.

Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 256
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Exceptional album of personal photographs, numerous examples taken onboard the Minia, showing her cable laying, in ice and dry dock to name but a few. There are a number of other photos including family, a four funnelled liner at sea etc.
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 257
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE:
The following archive is sold by direct descent and has never been auctioned or offered for sale remaining in the Lowe family since 1912. Harold Lowe was without doubt one of the heroes of the Titanic disaster, his heroic actions having been portrayed in numerous books and films, most recently by Ioan Gruffudd in James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic.

Harold Godfrey Lowe was born in Llanrhos, Caernarvonshire, Wales on 21st November 1882, the fourth of eight children, to George and Harriet. His father had ambitions for him to be apprenticed to a successful Liverpool businessman, but Harold was determined to go to sea. At 14, he ran away from home and joined the Merchant Navy, serving along the West African Coast. Starting as a Ship's Boy aboard the Welsh coastal schooners as he worked to progress his career. In 1906 he gained his second mate's certificate, and 1908 he his first mate's. In his own words, "experience with pretty well every ship afloat" - the different classes of ships afloat - from the schooner to the square-rigged sailing vessel, and from that to steamships, and of all sizes. He served as Third Officer on the Belgic and the Tropic before being transferred to Titanic as Fifth Officer in 1912. Despite his numerous years at sea, the maiden voyage of the Titanic was to be his first transatlantic crossing.

After Titanic's collision with the iceberg he portrayed a cool and calm demeanour under pressure. Before and during loading of lifeboats it is said he ordered J. Bruce Ismay, Managing Director White Star Line, to get out of his way. "If you will get the hell out of that then I shall be able to do something. Do you want me to lower away quickly? You will have me drown the lot of them".

He left Titanic on lifeboat no. 14. After his crew rowed approx. 150 yards from the sinking, Lowe herded five lifeboats together and redistributed passengers from lifeboat 14 into those other lifeboats. Once the cries of those in the water subsided and he deemed it safe to return, he went back to the wreck site to pick up any survivors, the prime lifeboat to do so. Harold Lowe remained at sea after the sinking but never achieved the command of a ship in the Mercantile Service, although during WWI he was made the rank of commander in the Royal Navy Reserve.

A unique exceptional early 20th century telescope given to Fifth Officer Lowe by Mrs Henry Harris, a Titanic survivor, in recognition of his bravery. The telescope is engraved "To Harold G. Lowe Fifth Officer R.M.S. Titanic, The Real Hero of the Titanic with deepest gratitude from Mrs Henry B Harris of New York April 1912".

Estimate:  £15000 - 20000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 258
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: A superb original watercolour of Titanic at sea by Harold Lowe. Original works by a Titanic crewman are exceptionally rare but such a piece by an Officer is to the best of our knowledge unique, and has been cherished by the family since Mr Lowe painted it. Approx. 15ins. x 10ins.
Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 259
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: An exceptional, oversize, signed photograph of the Carpathia's officers personally owned by Officer Lowe and presumed presented shortly after his rescue by the Carpathia. It is signed by the leading Officers including Captain Arthur Rostron. Simply superb. Approx. 15ins. x 10ins.
Estimate:  £6000 - 10000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 260
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: Original formal portrait photograph of Harold Lowe by Vanderbilt, signed bottom right, "Yours sincerely Harold 1909". 10ins. x 6ins.
Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 260A
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: Original certified copy dated 1905 of Harold Lowe's birth certificate together with his wife Ellen's.
Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 261
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: Harold Lowe's certificate of competency as a Master of a ship, granted 12th November 1910. The certificate directly relates to the Titanic as this piece is a signed copy dated 1st July 1912. Lowe had filled out an official form two days earlier, on 29th June 1912, certifying that the original had been lost "on board the Titanic in the mid-Atlantic on the 15th April 1912" (UK National Archives). The normal replacement fee was waived. Framed and glazed in its original frame. 14ins. x 10ins.
Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 262
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: Officer Lowe's personal officer's whistle, engraved Lieut. H.G. Lowe RNR. It is unknown if this was the whistle Officer Lowe had on Titanic, however it is without doubt his officer's whistle 2½ins.
Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 263
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: "Titanic" by Filson Young 1912 first edition stamped on front inside leaf 1 Marine Crescent, Deganwy, North Wales, the Lowe family home.
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 264
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: White Star Line gilt officer's buttons from the uniform of Harold Lowe, the largest of which was mounted in enamel and converted by Mr Lowe into a hat pin.
Estimate:  £600 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 265
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: Extremely rare copy of "How I was saved from the Titanic" by Charlotte Collyer, handwritten notation to inside cover to Commander H. Lowe from Marjorie Collyer Dutton Xmas 1935'. The lot is sold alongside a handwritten letter to Officer Lowe from Marjorie Collyer, survivor of the Titanic disaster that reads in part - 'Recently an aunt of mine gave me a copy of the original Chicago Monthly which was written the story of the Titanic (sic) as told by my mother at the time of the accident. As she mentioned your name in it several times I wondered if you'd care to accept a copy as I have had the story reprinted".
NB: Marjorie and Charlotte Collyer survived the Titanic disaster but Marjorie's father, Harvey, perished. The Collyer collection is one of the most important written Titanic survivor archives sold. It was auctioned by Henry Aldridge & Son almost 20 years ago.
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 266
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: A rare complete series of four Walton of Belfast postcards of Titanic from start to completion, compiled by Harold Lowe prior to the sinking and kept within his own scrapbook. Each postcard is numbered 1-4 denoting the sequence he placed them in.
Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 267
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: Harold Lowe's Royal Naval Reserve Ceremonial Bicorn hat made by J.J. Rayner & Sons, Liverpool in purpose designed carrying case with brass plaque to front engraved H.G. Lowe RNR. 18½ins.
Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 268
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare oversized Fred Pansing advertising oilette of Titanic/Olympic
Fred Pansing was an official White Star Line artist who painted images of ships to hang in company offices, ticket offices and for promotional purposes. Many of his images, including this one, were made as standard-sized postcards. Pansing lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, which was across the Hudson from White Star Line's New York offices in Manhattan.
The oversized advertising poster offered here is known as an oilette, a printing process used by its inventor, Raphael Tuck, who operated a successful postcard printing business in London. This process allows the printed work to appear as an oil painting, even appearing to contain brush strokes from the original painting from which the print was made. Interestingly, Tuck, an observant Jew, is credited with creating the first mass-produced Christmas card. The print is signed by Pansing in the lower right and is backed on board by Galindo Mfg. Co. of New York which was a framer of antique prints in the early part of the 20th Century. The original hanging wire is intact making this piece ready for display.
This is an oversize official White Star Line commissioned piece produced prior to Titanic's maiden voyage and as such is extremely desirable and one of the rarer Olympic class related posters. 15½ins. x 10½ins.

Estimate:  £10000 - 15000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 269
R.M.S. TITANIC: Exceptional Isidor and Ida Straus family journal.
This must be seen to be truly appreciated. The journal measures 14ins. x 12ins. x 4ins. and is beautifully embossed on its black leather cover in gilt, "IN MEMORIAM-Isidor and Ida Straus."
The journal contains not only hundreds of newspaper clippings and photos relating to the Titanic disaster affixed to its pages by the Straus family, many of which are personally captioned in type, but it also includes two extremely rare memorial programmes dedicated to both Isidor and Ida. Most memorials we have seen either only mention Isidor or refer to Ida in smaller type. The book is expertly crafted with fine satin end pages, gilded edges and heavy pages, the quality of which one would expect from the Straus family. Included in the book, but separate from it, is the Straus Family Tree and an original receipt from Woodlawn Cemetery (where Isidor Straus is buried) relating to Stuart Scheftel, the Straus grandson.
It is well known that Isidor Straus was the owner of Macy's Department store in New York and that Isidor and Ida refused to leave each other while Titanic was sinking. Neither survived. Their story has been told and re-told in countless books and films.
The front cover of the book is detached from the remainder of the binding but this is not noticeable when closed.
Estimate:  £20000 - 30000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 270
R.M.S. TITANIC: Superb on board archive relating to R.M.S. Titanic Second-Class bedroom steward Edward Stone. Edward did not survive the disaster and his body was recovered #243 by Mackay-Bennett. The collection includes a handwritten letter on watermarked Titanic stationery dated Thursday April 11th over two sides. It reads in part -
'My darling wife, we did try to cause some excitement before we left. I don't know whether you see it (sic) It's very nice weather I don't think this will be the crowning trip. Anyhow we'll do the best we can trusting we shall bring something good from the other side. Ta ta sweetheart. With all of my fondest love to my dear little wife. Yours ever your loving husband Ted'. With original envelope with indistinct Queenstown and later Southampton postmark 3pm. 12th April 1912.
The collection also includes the original certified extract to the death of a seaman confirming Mr Stone was one of those lost in the Titanic disaster, his original marriage certificate and original photos of Ted and his wife. (12 Items).

Estimate:  £12000 - 18000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 271
R.M.S. TITANIC: Superb Montague Birrel Black White Star Line "Olympic & Titanic." agent's poster. It shows an exceptional artistic rendition of the Titanic/Olympic, completed before the ship was officially launched. This image was clearly a favourite of the White Star Line publicity department, as it appeared on numerous forms of promotional material, including a postcard (issued some time in 1910) announcing that the Olympic had been launched on "Oct. 20, 1910" and that the Titanic, which was currently being built at Belfast, would "be in commission 1911." The image appeared on menus, advertisements, a Second-Class passenger list on the Titanic and the cover of a 1911 souvenir edition of the Shipbuilder. This is an extremely rare poster, with only a few copies having been offered for auction over the past 25 years. Once the Titanic sank on April 15th, 1912, the White Star Line would have destroyed as many of these posters as they could. A further fascinating addendum to the poster is the fact that enquiries are directed to Thomas Cook and Son, one of the oldest and most iconic travel agents in the British Travel Industry. Sadly the company closed its doors in 2019. Framed and glazed 40ins. x 25ins.

Estimate:  £20000 - 30000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 272
R.M.S. TITANIC: Rare postcard written on board the Titanic by second class passenger Thomas Mudd aged 17. The card actually mentions the Titanic by name. It is written to his mother Mrs Thomas Mudd, The Street, Huntingfield, Halesworth, Suffolk. Reads in full -
"Dear Mother, Arrived at Southampton safe The Titanic is a splendid boat + you hardly know you are moving. Will write more fully later. Your loving son Tom - ps Please send Edie's address also send Her (sic) this card as I do not know it". Stamps removed so postmark incomplete. The card itself is a Tuck's Oilette Celebrated Liners Series No 9898. Mr Mudd was travelling to Radnor, Pennsylvania and did not survive the disaster.
Estimate:  £4000 - 6000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 273
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 was 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.


Estimate:  £6000 - 10000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 274
R.M.S. TITANIC: A rare sterling silver mug inscribed "To Captain Rostron As a Token of Grateful Appreciation of His Kindness on the Carpathia after the sinking of the Titanic April 15th 1912 from John B Thayer Jr", the underside marked with sterling silver marks and maker's name Bailey Banks & Biddle prominent Philadelphia Silver Smiths & Retailers 2½ins.
Thayer aged nineteen, jumped into the sea as the ship went down and managed to scramble aboard the upturned collapsible B. At dawn they managed to transfer to lifeboat twelve and were rescued by the Carpathia. It is said he didn't even notice his mother alongside in the lifeboat number four and Mrs Thayer was so numbed by cold and misery that she didn't see her son. Her husband, his father John B Thayer perished in the disaster. He was Second Vice President of The Pennsylvania Railroad and one of the millionaires travelling on the ship. This mug was purchased by the vendor alongside the Tiffany gold watch, presented to Captain Rostron by Mrs John Jacob Astor, which was previously sold by Henry Aldridge & Son for £68,000.

Estimate:  £5000 - 8000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 275
R.M.S. TITANIC: A 1906 US silver half dollar, recovered from the body of Titanic victim John W. Gill. Gill was a Second-Class passenger travelling to America to seek a new life and home for him and his wife, who remained in England. Perishing in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, Gill's body was the 155th body recovered by the Mackay-Bennett, eventually being buried at sea. Numerous objects were recovered from his body and catalogued before being returned to his widow, including this silver piece, all of which were included in the inventory list prepared by the provincial coroner of Nova Scotia. Sarah Gill was never able to bring herself to spend the money and retained it with his other effects including his pocket watch, keys, ring, and additional money and everything remained with the family for 90 years. All of the possessions recovered from Gill were sold in the April 2002 Henry Aldridge & Son Titanic 90th anniversary auction.
Spending £13 for his ticket, Gill was supposed to be joined on the voyage by his wife and father-in-law to start a new life in America, but he travelled alone when Sarah and her father stayed behind to complete their business, while intending to join John later that year. Married for only two months when he died, his wife fell in to such a state of shock that she was unable to speak for over 20 years. A heart-wrenching relic of a young couple's promising future shattered by the tragedy of April 15th, 1912.
The coin is presented in a high-quality frame with details of Mr Gill and copies of Titanic postcards.

Estimate:  £5500 - 6500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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