Titanic & Liner Memorabilia Auction
on Saturday 17th April 2021
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Lots: 245-248 of 248
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Lot 245
R.M.S. TITANIC: Superb postcard written by Third-Class passenger Alfonzo Meo from Queenstown, Ireland, on April 11th 1912, the card bears a short message to his brother with the all-important postmark denoting the card was indeed onboard Titanic and posted from Queenstown. It was rediscovered in an album of period ocean liner cards by the present vendor. Alfonzo Meo, 48, was a musician living in Bournemouth who boarded the ship in Southampton, he was heading for Washington. His body was recovered by the MacKay-Bennett and buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on 10th May 1912. It is believed that Meo was the inspiration for the character of 'Fabrizio' in the blockbuster 1997 movie.

Estimate:  £4000 - 6000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 246
R.M.S. TITANIC - FIFTH OFFICER HAROLD GODFREY LOWE: Officer Lowe's personally used Henry Hughes & Son boxed radiograph. 10ins.
Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 247
R.M.S. TITANIC: First-Class passenger Arthur Gee from Salford, Manchester. Letter written on board Titanic dated April 10th 1912. Although in poor condition, the letter is written on Titanic stationery, over two sides in black ink, the contents legible, bearing a White Star Line watermark. He describes Titanic 'This is indeed the last word on luxurious travelling, it is more like a big First-Class hotel, hardly like a boat at all.' Arthur lost his life in the disaster; his body was sent back to Manchester where he was buried at Irlam O' The Heights Cemetery in Salford.
Estimate:  £8000 - 12000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 248
R.M.S. TITANIC: A rare Postal facing slip from a mail bag on board the R.M.S. Titanic, slip printed "NEW YORK FOREIGN MIXED From SEA POST Letters," and additionally stamped "Trans-Atlantic Post Office / AP 10/12 - O.S. WOODY / TITANIC," recovered from the body of postal clerk Oscar Woody.
Oscar Scott Woody (American, April 15th 1868 - April 15th 1912) was one of five mail clerks (2 American and 3 British) on board the R.M.S. Titanic. Woody was celebrating his 44th birthday with his colleagues at the stern of the ship when the Titanic struck the iceberg. The postal clerks rushed to the mail sorting room to begin hauling the registered mail sacks to the upper decks in an attempt to save them from the flooding. As it became apparent that the ship was going to sink, Oscar Woody started collecting the facing slips off his mail bags so he could account for them later. Facing slips were used on board Royal Mail ships (RMS) to mark bundles of mail by their destination. They allowed the postal clerks to organize mail and account for any sorting errors. As required by the postal service, Woody stamped his name on his slips so that any errors in sorting could be charged to him. None of the five mail clerks on board the Titanic survived the disaster.
Mr. Woody's body was later recovered. An entry in the diary of F.H. Lardner, Captain of the Mackay Bennett describes the scene the day they recovered Mr. Woody's body: "Monday, April 22nd. This day we picked up 27 bodies ... Everyone had on a lifebelt and (the) bodies floated very high in the water...." The crew of the Mackay Bennett, one of the four ships chartered by the White Star Line to recover as many bodies as possible, would recover 306 bodies, of which 116 were buried at sea, including that of Mr. Woody. As part of the recovery each body received a separate number: Postal Clerk Woody was assigned number 167, which was stencilled upon a canvas bag into which the personal effects of the individual were placed after they were recorded in a ledger. This lot is also sold with a certificate of authenticity from leading philatelist Sergio Sismondo, a rare example.
Estimate:  £8000 - 12000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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