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Auction Description for RR Auction: RR Auction: Titanic Auction

RR Auction: Titanic Auction

by RR Auction


225 lots with images

April 24, 2014

236 Commercial Street

Suite 100

Boston, MA, 02109 USA

Titanic

Lot 1: Titanic

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Description: Exceedingly rare color poster for the White Star Line, 39 x 29, of the company's two newest and biggest ships, the Titanic and Olympic, circa early 1912. Originally done by Montague Birrell Black, the poster shows the Olympic steaming ahead, with its decks and bow full of passengers, with the Titanic steaming away in the background. The poster's borders have been trimmed, as was the custom after the catastrophic Titanic sinking. Poster bears Black's printed initials in the lower right, has been affixed to an identical size mount and is housed in its original frame (with plate glass), along with a small White Star Line plaque nailed into the bottom edge of the frame, to an overall size of 44.5 x 34.25. Backing bears most of a Galindo Mfg. Co. New York label. In fine condition, with uniform light fading to colors, a couple small areas of paper loss near top edge, and a small tear to left edge. Black produced numerous paintings and postcards for White Star Line throughout the 1920s. Printed in a relatively small number to hang in White Star Offices, only a few copies have survived, even less in their original frames. Oversized.

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Sidney Conrad Siebert

Lot 2: Sidney Conrad Siebert

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Description: ALS, in pencil, signed "Your own ever loving & Davoted [sic] Husband hon," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, no date. Letter to his 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 not get on & earn some money. Kiss baby for me tell her 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." A small separation to one of the central horizontal folds, expected light soiling, and some scattered light toning to second page, otherwise fine condition.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 10, 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 Col 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. Provenance: Lot 45 Christie's South Kensington Maritime sale, May 24, 2001.

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Titanic Construction

Lot 3: Titanic Construction

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Description: Two woodworking tools once owned and used by Thomas McCauley who was employed as a carpenter and cabinet maker at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast during the construction of Olympic and Titanic. These two tools, consisting of a folding carpenter ruler and "keyhole" hand saw were once part of the tool kit of Thomas McCauley. They eventually passed as part of McCauley's entire tool kit to his grandson, Ernest McGookin of Belfast, Ireland. Attractively archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed with a photo of the Titanic at the shipyard and a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 22.5 x 31. Included with this lot is a photocopy of a picture showing McCauley as well as a copy of a letter on Queen's University of Belfast's letterhead dated January 17, 1975 thanking McCauley for the loan of his tools he used when working on Titanic for inclusion in an educational exhibit. Other examples of tools owned and used by Thomas McCauley are currently on display at the Titanic museum attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, U.S.A. Chain of custody is as follows: Thomas McCauley to his grandson Ernest McGookin, Ernest McGookin to Steve Santini in 1999. Oversized.

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Titanic Construction

Lot 4: Titanic Construction

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Description: Goggles used in the construction of Titanic at Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, belonging to yard worker Thomas McCauley. Leather welding goggles, complete with intact circular safety glass, have an articulating bridge and are complete with strap. Impressively mounted and archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed in a shadowbox with a photo of the shipyard and descriptive plaque to an overall size of 17.5 x 27.5. Examples of tools owned and used by Thomas McCauley are currently on display at the Titanic museum attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The construction of the ship posed a major engineering challenge and took nearly three years to complete, and working on the ship was dangerous in itself-246 injuries were recorded, many due to a lack of safety precautions. As these goggles demonstrate, some protective measures were taken while building the largest ship ever made. Oversized.

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Titanic Construction

Lot 5: Titanic Construction

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Description: Volt meter used in the construction of Titanic at Harland & Wolff Ship Yard belonging to yard worker Thomas McCauley. Universal Avometer measures 6.5 x 7.5 x 3.5, has two electrical connections at the bottom, and both AC and DC dials. Top is stamped "H & W El. Test Dept 440," with an instruction plate attached to the back. Meter also retains its leather holding strap. In very good condition.

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