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Auction Description for RR Auction: 100th Anniversary Titanic Auction

100th Anniversary Titanic Auction

by RR Auction


408 lots with images

December 16, 2012

Live Auction

5 Route 101A, Suite 5

Amherst, NH, 03031 USA

Phone: +1 (603) 732-4280

Fax: +1 (603) 732-4288

Email: Bobby.Eaton@RRAuction.com

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White Star Line

Lot 1: White Star Line

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Description: Pin cushion, approximately 3.25-inch diameter, composed of maroon cloth encircled by a wooden life ring, painted with British and White Star Line flags and the text, "White Star Line." A thin piece of rope surrounds the life ring. In fine condition, with some toning and crazing to the finish of the paint on the life ring. A unique souvenir.

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White Star Line

Lot 2: White Star Line

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Description: Creamer bearing the White Star Line insignia and the 'Wisteria' design at the top, with Stonier & Co. of Liverpool maker's mark on the bottom. Some trivial wear to paint and a light intact crack to handle area, otherwise fine condition.

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White Star Line

Lot 3: White Star Line

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Description: Cup measures 4.5˝ tall, has a handle on either side, and is engraved with a White Star flag on one side. Cup's base measures 4.5˝ wide and is stamped on the bottom, "18862 W. Elkington Solid Unplated, White Star Line," and also bears two proof marks. Expected wear and tarnishing and a subtle dent to bottom edge, otherwise fine condition.

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White Star Line Buttons

Lot 4: White Star Line Buttons

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Description: Three metal buttons bearing an embossed White Star Line insignia, each approximately .75-inch in diameter, two engraved on the reverse with "E. Stillwell & Son, Ltd" as the maker and one engraved with "Miller, Rayner & Haysom" as the maker. In overall fine condition, with some tarnishing.

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White Star Line Fork

Lot 5: White Star Line Fork

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Description: Original silver-plated First Class cake fork from White Star Line. Fork measures 6.75 x .75. Reverse of fork is stamped with two proof marks and "L Kington Plate," with front of fork bearing the White Star emblem. In fine condition, with expected wear.

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S.S. Celtic Passenger List

Lot 6: S.S. Celtic Passenger List

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Description: White Star Line Second Class passenger list for the S.S. Celtic, "Sailing from Liverpool & Holyhead to New York," 4.75 x 7.25, 24 pages, printed in July 1909. Titanic is mentioned twice inside the booklet, once on the inside front cover, "The Largest Steamers in the World-Building Olympic, 45,000 Tons; Titanic, 45,000 Tons," and again on a later page, and also has six pages of second class passengers listed inside. Back cover bears an image of the S. S. Baltic in Liverpool. In very good condition, with expected handling wear, horizontal crease, and scattered soiling to covers.

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S.S. Romanic Passenger List

Lot 7: S.S. Romanic Passenger List

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Description: White Star Line list of first class passengers on the April 29, 1911, voyage of the S.S. Romanic from Boston to Italy, 5.25 x 7.75, 18 pages, featuring a gorgeous color illustration on the front cover of a romantic scene with a steamship in the background, and an illustrated advertisement for the Olympic and Titanic inside the back cover. In very good condition, with scattered creases and soiling, separation to the lower part of the spine, and a couple small dings and tears to the back cover.

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Britannic

Lot 8: Britannic

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Description: Sister ship of RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic, it was originally intended to enter service as a transatlantic passenger liner. It was used as a hospital ship in World War I. On November 21, 1916, the ship struck a naval mine and sank in less than an hour; 30 men were killed out of 1066 on board. Large beautiful carved wooden panel from a staircase from Titanic's sister ship, Britannic. Deep relief carved panel measures approximately 47 x 5 and features a raised floral pattern. Reverse bears the original impressed carpenter's markings which reads, "1st Class Ent Bridge Dk. Ath Fore End of Elevator 433." Reverse also bears a contemporary label stating wood is from first class staircase. In fine condition.

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Olympic

Lot 9: Olympic

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Description: Desirable Cadbury tin, 1.75 x 2.5 x .5, bearing an artist's rendition of the Olympic and the White Star Line insignia on the front. Reverse is embossed with a match striker and the words "Cadbury Bournville." In very good condition, with scattered marks and bends to the front, and heavy wear to the sides and reverse. These would have been sold in souvenir shops on board the White Star Line's ships.

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Olympic

Lot 10: Olympic

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Description: Fantastic original photo album, 12 x 10.25, 54 pages, consisting of a family's photos of their trip aboard the R.M.S. Olympic and their travels, beginning with a photo of the Statue of Liberty as they leave New York Harbor on July 5, 1913. The beginning of the book contains 26 photos taken on board the Olympic, including the bow, upper deck, life boats, shuffleboard area, and Plymouth Harbor. The album goes on to detail their European trip, with photos taken in England, the Netherlands, Germany, and Ireland-particularly interesting are photos of Queensland Harbor in Ireland, which include two photos of tenders for the R.M.S. Oceanic. The album concludes with five photos of the return trip on the Olympic, again of life boats and passengers. In overall fine condition, with silvering to dark areas of many images and some rippling to photos due to adhesive.

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Olympic Construction in Shipyard

Lot 11: Olympic Construction in Shipyard

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Description: Original matte-finish 4.25 x 3 photo of the Olympic under construction at Harland and Wolff's shipyard. In fine condition, with some mild soiling and a light spot to the lower border. Removed from an original scrapbook containing other period Titanic photographs.

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Olympic First Class Floorplan

Lot 12: Olympic First Class Floorplan

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Description: Printed promotional plan of the Olympic's first class accommodations which unfolds to an impressive 30 x 39.5 plan displaying the first class accommodations on multiple decks, surrounded by images of the interior of the Olympic. Also features a cross-sectional view of the ship as the pamphlet unfolds. Intersecting folds with some separations, a few creases, and light overall toning, otherwise fine condition.

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Olympic

Lot 13: Olympic

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Description: Original "Gala Dinner" menu from the R.M.S. Olympic, 4.5 x 7.5, dated July 4, 1932, two pages. The vast menu offers several courses, with the inside front cover set up for the writing of a letter by the owner, with the front cover acting as an address panel and the back cover having a great illustration of the Olympic at sea. In fine condition, with adhesive remnants along inside borders and some scattered light toning.

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Olympic

Lot 14: Olympic

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Description: This section of carved English oak, approximately 12˝ long, once served as crown molding in one of the first class areas of Titanic's sister ship, the R.M.S. Olympic. Intricately hand carved with a repeating pattern of leaves, this piece is a testimony to the incredible workmanship that went into the crafting of Olympic and Titanic. Identical lengths carved in the same pattern were fitted to the interior of the Titanic.

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Olympic

Lot 15: Olympic

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Description: June 19, 1909, issue of Scientific American, 11.5 x 16, 17 pages, featuring a cross-section diagram of the Olympic on the cover, and a one-page article about the development of the turbine steamship. A central horizontal fold with some separations, complete separation of the cover and last page from the spine, and small tears, dings, and chips to brittle edges, otherwise very good condition.

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International Mercantile Marine Co.

Lot 16: International Mercantile Marine Co.

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Description: Stock certificate for the International Mercantile Marine Company, 12 x 8, No. 12263, granting "Chas. D. Barney & Co." 100 shares, and signed at the conclusion by the Treasurer and Vice President. Certificate bears a cancellation stamp dated April 15, 1918, six years to the day of the Titanic's sinking. In very good condition, with light toning and rubbing, rippling, and the expected cancellation stamps and holes.

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Titanic Construction in Shipyard

Lot 17: Titanic Construction in Shipyard

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Description: Original matte-finish 3.5 x 2.5 photo of the Titanic under construction at Harland and Wolff's shipyard. In fine condition, with some mild soiling and a light spot to the lower border. Removed from an original scrapbook containing other period Titanic photographs.

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Titanic Construction

Lot 18: 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. 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, Earnest McGookin to Steve Santini in 1999.

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Titanic Construction

Lot 19: Titanic Construction

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Description: A quality knife and spoon once used in the management offices of Harland and Wolff where the Titanic was built. The butter knife, 8.5˝ long, is marked on the blade, "Gladwin Ltd, Sheffield, trade mark," and bears the interlocking HW logo of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard. The spoon, 6.75˝ long, bears the same logo on the handle and the words, "Gladwin, Ambassador Plate" on the underside of the stem. Cutlery of this quality would not have been used by ordinary shipyard workers but instead would have been used by senior management officials of the shipyard.

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Titanic Construction

Lot 20: 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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Harland & Wolff Engine Room Floor Block

Lot 21: Harland & Wolff Engine Room Floor Block

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Description: Original block of wood removed from the shed built by Harland and Wolff to test Titanic's engines. Heavily oil and paint stained block measures 2.75 x 3 x 2 and has two grooves cut into the bottom for a batten to be placed to hold them together. During the testing phase the engines had to be operated at full speed. To keep the resulting vibrations from destroying the facility, Harland and Wolff lined the floor with wooden blocks that could vibrate individually and lessen the strain placed on the building. A small plaque is affixed to one side of the block. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Harland & Wolff as well as its original box.

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Titanic Construction

Lot 22: Titanic Construction

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Description: Goggles used in the construction of Titanic at Harland & Wolff Ship Yard belonging to yard worker Thomas McCauley. Leather welding goggles, complete with intact circular safety glass, have an articulating bridge and are complete with strap.

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Titanic

Lot 23: Titanic

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Description: An original 1911 cabinet photo by Frenzl, 4.25 x 6.5, showing Titanic under construction at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. The ship's name appears on a sign fixed to the gantry at the base of her bow. Some light toning and foxing to borders, light remnant of photographer's stamp to lower left, and slight surface loss to label on reverse, otherwise fine condition. A very uncommon original pre-sinking photograph.

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Olympic/Titanic

Lot 24: Olympic/Titanic

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Description: An original period 1911 milk glass ribbon plate featuring a hand-painted image of Olympic/Titanic. Measuring just over seven inches across, souvenir ribbon plates like this example were sold on board the Olympic and Titanic in the barber shop of the vessels.

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Olympic and Titanic Ad

Lot 25: Olympic and Titanic Ad

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Description: Extremely rare pre-sinking vivid color Cadbury's Chocolates Titanic/Olympic card, 1.5 x 2.75, circa 1909-1911. Printing on the front reads, "Olympic and Titanic Each 45,000 Tons, Largest Steamers in the World," and emblazoned with the White Star Line flag. Reverse has printed information about Cadbury Chocolate. In very good to fine condition, with slight corner rounding, a bit of trivial edge toning, a couple edge dings, and some light surface wear and toning to reverse.Several companies took advantage of Titanic's popularity and fame as the most luxurious and opulent vessel ever afloat by producing tie-in promotional materials for their products. Although this most often involved products which were used on board the ship, the Cadbury chocolate company of England decided to produce a trade card and matching tin without promoting a product actually supplied for use on the ship.Trade cards, the precursors to today's trading cards, were typically associated with sports, however, during the Victorian Era and into the 20th Century, trade cards would also feature various products placed into the products' packaging as a prize to be collected and traded. The Cadbury Titanic/Olympic trade card is the only such card known to feature a pre-sinking Titanic and one of the few advertising images of the ship ever to be in color. The card offered here has not been professionally graded.

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Titanic and Olympic Brochure

Lot 26: Titanic and Olympic Brochure

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Description: Extremely rare 1911 vertical White Star Line Fold-Out Cut-Away brochure of Olympic/Titanic entitled, "The Largest and Finest Steamers in the World: Olympic, 45,000 Tons/Titanic, 45,000 tons," measuring 44 x 9.5 unfolded. Images show port-side cut-away view of Olympic (on bow) and artist's rendition of interior spaces. Opposite views show interior photos of Olympic. Framed to an overall size of 45.5 x 11.25. In very good to fine condition, with expected vertical folds, and some scattered light toning and foxing. A highly-coveted and beautifully detailed pre-sinking relic.

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Olympic/Titanic

Lot 27: Olympic/Titanic

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Description: A pre-sinking Olympic/Titanic promotional travel agent ticket envelope, 6.5 x 3.75. This period 1911 travel agent ticket envelope has an image of the Olympic/Titanic on the cover and information about the Victor H. Jacobson Official Steamship Ticket Office printed on the same side. In good condition, with several tears and creases, scattered toning and soiling, wear to corners and edges, and a couple of pencil notations.

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Titanic and White Star Liners

Lot 28: Titanic and White Star Liners

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Description: Book: The White Star Triple Screw Atlantic Liners 'Olympic' and 'Titanic' Volume VI. Special edition. Newcastle-on-Tyne and London: Shipbuilder Press, 1911. Hardcover with custom clamshell case, 7.5 x 10, 129 pages. Book condition: VG/None. Green textured cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering and pictorial inlay; heavy bump to lower edges with small tears (affecting covers only); slight rubbing to edges, mostly at corners and spine-ends; minor soiling; slightly yellowed; original seller's tiny sticker to front pastedown. In NF custom-made green cloth-covered case.Shipbuilder Press began publishing manual style engineering books about ships' workings in around 1906. The books in the series are known for their incredible detail from an engineering perspective. Generally used as a reference manual for technical information, the vintage editions relating to Titanic, such as this one, have become so collectible as to have fostered a cult-like following, with some collectors seeking the book as more of a status symbol than a research tool.

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Titanic Ad

Lot 29: Titanic Ad

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Description: A passenger list for the November 9th, 1911, voyage of the White Star liner Cedric, 5 x 7.5, 12 pages. This pre-sinking Titanic related item mentions the Titanic twice in print. At the top of the inside cover page appears, "Titanic New Triple-Screw (Launched) 45,000 Tons," while the back cover features a striking image of the Olympic/Titanic along with the text, "The Largest and Finest Steamers in The World. OLYMPIC Triple Screw-In Commission, 1911-45,000 Tons, and, Triple Screw...Building at Belfast...TITANIC." In good to very good condition, with moderate soiling to covers, several small tears to covers and inside pages, creasing, and fragile stapled binding.

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Captain H. J. Haddock

Lot 30: Captain H. J. Haddock

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Description: A seaman's Continuous Certificate of Discharge was presented to the ship's master when the seaman signed on. It recorded: the name of ship and official number; date and place of engagement; date and place of discharge; description of voyage and the stamp or signature of Master. Continuous Certificate of Discharge for Robert J. Walker, 4.5 x 6.25, 24 pages, issued circa 1906. First two pages contain Walker's personal and physical information, as well as his signature. Following pages contain 42 entries for the vessels Walker served upon. Among them are the Cedric, under Captain H. J. Haddock, the first captain of the Titanic, who has signed an entry on page 6. Haddock commanded her in Belfast before her delivery to the White Star Line; ten entries for service aboard the Lusitania; and two entries for the S.S. Baltic, with stamped signatures of Captain E. J. Smith. In very good condition, with expected wear and soiling and fragile binding. An incredibly rare document associated to both Titanic captains

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Titanic

Lot 31: Titanic

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Description: TLS signed "Wm. A. Wiley, A. Ticket Agent," one page, 8 x 10.25, The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company letterhead, March 11, 1912. Letter to a perspective traveler. In part: "I take great pleasure in handing you herewith for your information a detailed list of the various Steamship Lines and rates in effect over same to Plymouth England...I wish to say that any consideration that you may give our 'line' will be greatly appreciated." Two additional pages provide rates for travel on various lines, including "White Star Line-Steamer 'Olympic' or 'Titanic' all rooms $65:00." Third page has several handwritten notations including "5 to 12 half-under 5 free on rail-between ages of 1 and 12 half fare on Steamer." In very good condition, with partial separations along horizontal mailing folds, uniform toning, and a couple of rusty staple holes. An interesting letter presenting the little known fact that children up to the age of 12 sailed for half price.

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Titanic

Lot 32: Titanic

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Description: Lengthy letter, in pencil, written by an unknown passenger on board the S.S. Arabic, dated February 10, 1911, four pages on three adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, on embossed White Star Line letterhead, with an image of either the Titanic or Olympic pictured in the upper left. Letter details the ship's voyage including a stop in the Azores. Some mild soiling and paper loss to top edge of second page, otherwise fine condition.

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R.M.S. Laurentic

Lot 33: R.M.S. Laurentic

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Description: White Star Line Second Class passenger list for the R.M.S. Laurentic, 5 x 7.5, 24 pages, which set sail in July of 1911. Titanic is mentioned twice inside the booklet, once on page 2 and again on page 6, both mentioning the launch of the Titanic on May 31, 1911, and also has seven pages of second class passengers listed inside. In very good condition, with fragile binding, missing top right corner of front cover, partially separated front cover, and scattered toning and soiling.

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Lord Pirrie

Lot 34: Lord Pirrie

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Description: A partner in Harland and Wolff, Pierre was instrumental in the concept and building of the Titanic. Rare TLS during the construction of the Titanic, signed "Pirrie," one page, 8 x 10, personal letterhead, December 18, 1909. Letter to Mr. Forth in Belfast. In full: "I am in receipt of your letter of the 16th instant with reference to the prizes etc awarded by the Shipwright's Company, for which I am much obliged and I shall pass it on to the Clerk of the Company, although I daresay you have already written him officially." In very good condition, with central horizontal and vertical fold, with horizontal fold passing through signature, scattered creases, a mild shade of toning, and a rusty paperclip mark to top edge.

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Sidney Conrad Siebert

Lot 35: 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 onto 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 Ready for its Maiden Voyage

Lot 36: Titanic Ready for its Maiden Voyage

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Description: Original matte-finish 3.5 x 2.75 photo of the port side of the Titanic, affixed to a slightly larger sheet and captioned in German. In fine condition, with light scattered toning. Removed from an original scrapbook containing other period Titanic photographs.

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Launch of Titanic

Lot 37: Launch of Titanic

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Description: Original matte-finish 4.25 x 2.75 photo of the launch of the Titanic, affixed to a slightly larger sheet and captioned in German. In fine condition, with light scattered toning. Removed from an original scrapbook containing other period Titanic photographs.

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Titanic at Sea

Lot 38: Titanic at Sea

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Description: Original matte-finish 4.25 x 3 photo of the Titanic's silhouette at sea, affixed to a slightly larger sheet and captioned in German. In fine condition, with light scattered toning. Removed from an original scrapbook containing other period Titanic photographs.

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Titanic Propellor

Lot 39: Titanic Propellor

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Description: Original matte-finish 3.5 x 2.5 photo of the Titanic's propellor while dry docked, affixed to a slightly larger sheet and captioned in German. In fine condition, with light scattered toning. Removed from an original scrapbook containing other period Titanic photographs.

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Deck of Titanic with Lifeboats

Lot 40: Deck of Titanic with Lifeboats

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Description: Original matte-finish 3.5 x 2.5 photo of Titanic's deck with lifeboats visible on the right, affixed to a slightly larger sheet and captioned in German. In fine condition, with light scattered toning. Removed from an original scrapbook containing other period Titanic photographs.

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Titanic

Lot 41: Titanic

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Description: Original 3.5 x 2.5 cabinet photo, affixed to its 6.5 x 4.5 mount, showing the Titanic being towed out for her sea trials on April 3, 1912. Some scattered light creases and soiling to mount and a few light spots to top portion of image, otherwise fine condition. Original photographs of Titanic are very rare and this stellar example features the ship in all of her majesty and glory.

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The Iceberg that Sunk Titanic

Lot 42: The Iceberg that Sunk Titanic

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Description: Amazing and extremely rare original 9.75 x 8 photo of a uniquely-shaped 'blueberg' photographed by the captain of the Leyland Line steamer S. S. Etonian two days before Titanic collided with it. The photo shows a massive iceberg with a very distinctive elliptical shape, and is captioned in black ink by the captain, "Copyright. Blueberg taken by Captain W. F. Wood S. S. Etonian on 12/4/12 in Lat 41° 50 W Long 49° 50 N. Titanic struck 14/4/12 and sank in three hours." A "blueberg," as indicated in Wood's caption, simply refers to the tinting of an iceberg from the sun's rays, much like the blue of the ocean. The photo is affixed to a 13 x 11 mount and is in fine condition. Frederick Fleet, the Titanic lookout on duty who first spotted the iceberg, and Joseph Scarrott, an able-bodied seaman, each drew sketches of the iceberg-sketches which appear eerily similar to the iceberg in this photo. Their drawings are reproduced on pages 140-141 of Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy (second edition, by John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas, W. W. Norton & Company, 1995).Because there are, of course, no surviving photographs of the iceberg taken from Titanic's deck on that fateful night, several photographs of icebergs in the vicinity of the collision, taken before and after the event, have been offered throughout the years as candidates for the iceberg responsible for the disaster. In his book A Night to Remember (illustrated edition, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976), Walter Lord reveals a photo of an iceberg taken from the German ship Prinz Adalbert, near the scene of the sinking on the afternoon of April 15, 1912, that closely matches the elliptical shape of Wood's photograph offered here, but with a slightly different shape attributable to the angle of the photographer and the aftermath of impact. The fact that the particular iceberg in the Etonian image offered here is known to have been photographed at a position arguably 2-3 days' iceberg travel time to Titanic's foundering position, and that it substantially matches both the sketches drawn by Titanic's crewmen and the photo taken after the ship went down, allows noted Titanic experts to establish this photograph as capturing the iceberg everyone has been talking about for the past century.Provenance: The Wonders Exhibition, 1997-98 Memphis, TN - St. Petersburg, FL; p.115 Titanic: The Exhibition (Lithograph Publishing Company, 1997).

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Titanic

Lot 43: Titanic

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Description: A stunning cobalt blue demitasse cup and saucer designated for the Titanic. This is an extremely rare set believed to have been destined for the first class a la carte restaurant on-board Titanic. Both the bottom of the saucer is labeled "Stonier & Co. Liverpool, Spode Copeland's China, England, R4332, Rd No. 580303, White Star Line, " and bottom of cup is labeled "Rd No. 580303, Spode Copeland's China, England, White Star Line." This pattern is arguably the most opulent design ever featured on any White Star Line china. Similar china bearing the identical registration number was recovered from Titanic's wreck site in 1987. (See p. 99 Titanic: The Exhibition (Lithograph Publishing Company, 1997). Although the general practice was for china to be interchangeable amongst White Star Line ships, the exquisite pattern of these pieces, coupled with the fact that very few similar pieces have surfaced, suggests that that this pattern was reserved for exclusive use on Titanic, possibly in the a la carte restaurant or VIP service. Clearly if it had been used on Titanic's sister ship Olympic, many more pieces would have surfaced given Olympic's long career. A similar, yet less opulent and more common pattern of china was assigned Registration No. 4331 and may have been used as limited service aboard Olympic.The few pieces of this pattern to have come to market have been attributed to presentation pieces (ref. Southampton maritime Museum, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom) or to pieces either from, or destined for use, on Titanic. What is amazing here is that rather than just the saucer or cup, this lot consists of the demitasse cup and saucer set. The interlocking letters "OSNC" on the saucer stand for Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, White Star Line's parent company.White Star Line was known for its luxurious appointments on board its ships. This china represents the best of the best. The unusually exquisite cobalt blue color is so richly blue it practically leaps from the pattern. Imagine the look on the faces of those who see it when they learn it was produced for Titanic herself, and not the film! This set could easily become the pinnacle of any collection of shipboard table ware, bar none.Additional References: p.31 Titanic: Touchstones of a Tragedy by Steve Santini (Writers Club Press 2000); p.54 Titanic: An Illustrated History by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall (Hyperion 1992); http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/cup-saucer-from-titanic.html; http://marconigraph.com/titanic/china/mgy_china.html

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First Class Deck Plan

Lot 44: First Class Deck Plan

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Description: Printed promotional plan of the Titanic's first class accommodations, measuring 5.25 x 10 folded and opening to an impressive 40 x 29. Outside panel is labeled "'White Star Line. Southampton-Cherbourg- New York Service (Via Queenstown Westbound, and Via Plymouth Eastbound) R.M.S. 'Titanic.' (Combination of Turbine and Reciprocating Engines). Triple Screw - 45, 000 Length, 882.6 Breadth, 92.6 One Of The Two Largest Steamers In The World. Plan of First Class Accommodation." Inside, embellished with the famous White Star flag, shows the detailed ground plans of every First Class cabin over several decks; plus First Class Smoking Room, Lounge, Gymnasium, Restaurant, and Staircases, with 7 margin vignettes showing photographs of the rooms and a painting of the ship at sea; and with details of the facilities offered: "Restaurant. - In addition to the regular Dining Saloon there is a large modern a la carte Restaurant, on Deck B, where meals mat be obtained at any time between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. at fixed charges... The Restaurant is under the management of the Company, who have appointed Mr. L. Gatti, late of Oddenino's Imperial Restaurant, London as manager. Turkish, Electric and Swimming Baths. - A fully-equipped Turkish Bath is situated on Deck F, consisting of the usual steam, hot temperate, shampooing, and cooling rooms... A Gymnasium, fully supplied with modern appliances, is situated on the Boat Deck, and is open for exercise by Ladies and Gentlemen during the same hours as the Baths... A Squash Racquet Court is provided on Deck F, and is in charge of a professional player. A Verandah Cafe and Palm Court situated on Deck A, where light refreshments are served." Some small separations along fragile intersecting folds and a uniform shade of mild toning, otherwise fine condition.These plans were distributed to First Class passengers who purchased a ticket to sail on Titanic. They often made their way onboard with the passengers to aid them in finding their way around the ship. Passengers were initially told that they were being placed into the lifeboats as a precaution and that they would likely return to the ship. Because of this, some passengers left their valuables on board but took items with them which would be necessary or helpful in the event they returned to the ship. Accordingly, this plan may have belonged to a surviving passenger who removed it from the ship during the evacuation with the expectation of returning when the all-clear was sounded.

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Titanic Grand Staircase

Lot 45: Titanic Grand Staircase

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Description: When the Titanic broke apart during the final stages of the sinking, she split in two in the area of the aft First Class Grand Staircase. While involved in the Titanic victim body recovery mission the Anglo American Cable Ship C.S. Minia recovered numerous sections of wreckage that were obviously once a part of the staircase. Newel posts, carved hand railing borders, and even two intact steps from the Grand Staircase were found floating in the open sea and were taken aboard by the sailors working on the Minia. Once plucked from the sea, the crewmen of the Minia set about turning these relics from the great ship into everyday useable objects such as cribbage boards, game tables, nightstands, and picture frames. This section of the Titanic's aft Grand Staircase, measuring 19 x 2.75, believed to have once been a part of a step or a step back panel was recovered by the Minia and turned by the ship's carpenter William Parker into a picture frame which he crafted for the Minia's Chief Officer, James Adams. Incorporated into this unique picture frame were intricate carved balustrade sections from beneath the handrail, cut brass brackets originally part of the decorative brass strip which ran across the entire front of each Grand Staircase step lip, and hardwood lengths such as this example which Parker used for the back of the Adams Titanic picture frame project. For years following the disaster in 1912 and following the tragic death of Adams in a train/vehicle collision this picture frame remained in the family eventually passing into the hands of Gerald T. Mullin, the grandson of James Adams. In the 1990's the picture frame was publicly displayed as part of a special Titanic exhibition presented by the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. In July of 1998 Gerald T. Mullin of Victoria, British Columbia, sold the frame, two document boxes made from Titanic wreck wood, a number plaque from a Titanic stateroom door, and a liquor cabinet made from the wooden wreckage of Titanic's wheelhouse door. Involved in this transaction was noted Titanic historian and collector Steve Santini. In August of 1998 the picture frame was dismantled by master woodworker William Ricks of Brandon, Manitoba. (See included pictures recording the frame being disassembled).Included with this lot is a signed letter of provenance from noted Titanic collector, researcher, and historian Steve Santini outlining the history of the Parker/Adams picture frame, copies of photographs showing the frame in its original state as displayed at The Vancouver Maritime Museum and during the process of it being disassembled, a copy of the original 1998 artifact release document signed by Gerald T. Mullin and Steve Santini, and photocopies of a Minia crew sign on sheet which Adams signed as well as a photo of James Adams and of the cable ship Minia.

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Piece of Titanic Door

Lot 46: Piece of Titanic Door

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Description: An extremely rare actual piece of wood from a mahogany door panel from the Titanic, retrieved shortly after the tragedy as floating wreckage by the rescue ship Minia. Tongue and groove panel measures 2.25˝ x 2.75˝, and is labeled on the front in black ink, "Part of Door Picked up by cable Str. Minia from wreckage of -Str Titanic- Lost Apl 15, 1912. Lat 41° 42' 49 Long. 49° 20' 1635 perished." Relic is accompanied by a complete report from a top forensic expert who authenticated the item more than a decade ago, and who theorized that this piece of Titanic door was to one of the fabled staterooms in the epic floating palace. There were tiny pieces, originally taken from this master block bottom and displayed as limited editions of 361 with a marble base and ship model, which were quite popular and sold out quickly. This one-of-a-kind, large block has the original paint from the 1912 Minia carpenter, and is one of the best documented pieces of the Titanic ever to be offered for sale. Artifacts such as this come on the market very rarely. Provenance: The Caren Archive.

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Titanic Grand Staircase Brass Strip

Lot 47: Titanic Grand Staircase Brass Strip

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Description: Believed to have once been part of the decorative brass strip that ran across the front lip of each step on Titanic's aft first class Grand Staircase, this section of brass was cut and later used as one of four corner brackets that held together a wreck wood picture frame composed entirely of pieces of Titanic's aft Grand Staircase. This Titanic wreckage frame was hand-crafted by the Minia's carpenter William Parker and once completed it was given to James Adams, Chief Officer of the cable ship Minia. In a letter written on board Minia during the Titanic victim body recovery mission Minia crew member Will Mosher wrote to his sister Agnes: "Picked up any amount of wreckage. Deck chairs, chests of drawers, cushions, two steps of the grand stairway...etc." William Parker used all found elements which were once a part of the staircase when crafting his Titanic wreck wood frame. For the front of the frame he used carved balustrade from beneath the handrail, for the back section of the frame he used sections cut from steps or the back boards to the steps, and for the assembly brackets he cut the long decorative brass strips from the lips of the staircase steps into small rectangles which he then drilled with four holes each to accommodate fixing screws. For years following the disaster in 1912 and following the tragic death of Adams in a train/vehicle collision this picture frame remained in the family eventually passing into the hands of Gerald T. Mullin, the grandson of James Adams. In the 1990's the picture frame was publicly displayed as part of a special Titanic exhibition presented by the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In July of 1998 Gerald T. Mullin of Victoria, British Columbia, sold the frame, two document boxes made from Titanic wreck wood, a number plaque from a Titanic stateroom door, and a liquor cabinet made from the wooden wreckage of Titanic's wheelhouse door. Involved in this transaction was noted Titanic historian and collector Steve Santini. In August of 1998 the picture frame was dismantled by master woodworker William Ricks of Brandon, Manitoba. (See included pictures recording the frame being disassembled). Included with this lot is a signed letter of provenance from noted Titanic collector, researcher, and historian Steve Santini outlining the history of the Parker/Adams picture frame, copies of photographs showing the frame in its original state as displayed at The Vancouver Maritime Museum and during the process of it being disassembled, a copy of the original 1998 artifact release document signed by Gerald T. Mullin and Steve Santini, and photocopies of a Minia crew sign-on sheet which Adams signed as well as a photo of James Adams and of the cable ship Minia.

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Titanic Piece of Deck Chair

Lot 48: Titanic Piece of Deck Chair

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Description: A 2.25 x 1.75 x 1 section of deck chair, cut from the seat of a damaged Titanic deck chair recovered by the cable ship Minia during the recovery of the bodies of Titanic victims. Section has three drilled holes in a vertical line and a flat head screw into one side. In fine condition, with light corrosion to screw. Accompanied by a two-page letter of authenticity from renowned Titanic author, curator, and deck chair authority Steve Santini which reads, in part "This section of wood was removed/cut from the seat of a damaged Titanic deck chair recovered by the cable ship Minia...I was contacted by an antique picker from Maine who had...purchased two very damaged deck chairs which oral history reported had been recovered from the floating surface wreckage of the Titanic...The remains of both these chairs match in every detail the known examples of Titanic deck chairs and I am very familiar with such chairs...We were unable to repair either of the damaged chairs...and 2 leg sections which were given as a gift to noted director James Cameron...Due to the overall condition/appearance of the chair from which it originated, I am of the firm belief that this is in fact from a deck chair recovered by the Minia while that vessel was on her mission recovering the bodies of floating Titanic passengers in the North Atlantic following the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912." Also accompanied by a copy of a 1999 letter from James Cameron sending thanks for the section of deck chair.

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Titanic Floor Tile

Lot 49: Titanic Floor Tile

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Description: Original floor tile manufactured for use in the first class smoking room onboard Titanic. The floral pattern tile measures 12 x 12 and is nicely mounted and framed with an image of the smoking room to an overall size of 18 x 27.5. In fine condition. After workers finished laying the smoking room floor, the leftover tiles were used to tile the floors of various executive offices at the Harland & Wolff Shipyards, including the office of Titanic's builder Mr. Thomas Andrews. In the early 1970s when Harland and Wolff was renovating their office space, a few of the remaining Titanic tiles were taken up and released for sale.

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Titanic Divot

Lot 50: Titanic Divot

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Description: A very rare divot (the plugs that are pressed out of a hull plate to make the holes that rivets are pounded into) from a Titanic hull plate. When the Titanic foundered on April 15, 1912, it was a very personal loss for the workers at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. These hard working men had poured mountains of sweat into her creation and for them the sinking of the Titanic was akin to losing a child. To mark her passing a number of workers at the shipyard took home Titanic divots like this example, made from actual remnants of the ship's hull, and turned them into unique works of folk art. This stellar specimen features hand-engraved shamrocks around its edge and the words," S.S. TITANIC LOST APR 15TH 1912," hand-inscribed into the head within a border that surrounds a hand- carved star, the symbol for The White Star Line. While the known small handful of rare Titanic hull divots in international museum collections usually feature only the name of the ship and the date of her loss, this remarkable example is far more intricately inscribed, is nickel plated circa 1912, and has been hollowed out at the base. It was likely the intention of the person who hand worked this Titanic hull divot to turn it into the head for a walking stick or cane. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire and own an actual piece of Titanic's hull.

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