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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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Titanic

Lot 51: Titanic

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Description: Very rare blank "On board RMS 'Titanic'" lettercard stationery, 5 x 8, with the White Star Line name and burgee in color on one side and "On board R.M.S. 'Titanic'" and the White Star burgee at the top of the other side. These lettercards were designed to be folded and posted without the need for an envelope. In very good condition, with a central horizontal fold, scattered toning and foxing, heavier to edges of one side, and partial separations along border perforations. Blank lettercards such as these are extremely rare and would have been taken off the ship by a survivor, perhaps in a purse or breast pocket.

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Titanic Deck Chair

Lot 52: Titanic Deck Chair

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Description: Exceedingly rare original Titanic deck chair, measuring approximately 37.75 x 22.5 x 54, one of only seven still known to exist. The chair displays expected wear, and its caned seat is mostly present although a center portion is broken with some loss of cane (this could have occurred on impact with the water but is more likely the result of use since the time of recovery). There is some evidence of minor repairs throughout consistent with the entry in the Mackay-Bennett's logbook relating to repairs made by a carpenter. The lower portion of the chair is imprinted, "Made By R. Holman & Co. Boston Mass. USA." The lot is accompanied by a detailed letter of authenticity from renowned Titanic author, curator and deck chair authority Steve Santini. This Titanic deck chair shows signs of having been repaired in a few areas where it suffered breakage during the sinking. These repairs were likely made by the carpenter of the Mackay Bennett as the ships log makes mention of the carpenter repairing Titanic deck chairs a few days after the vessel made port in Halifax, Nova Scotia). The seat appears to have been re-caned (Circa 1912), and the entire upper surface of the chair has been coated in a varnish or stain post sinking. The underside of the chair retains a grayish, weathered wood appearance most likely caused from the chair being exposed to salt sea water prior to recovery by the Mackay-Bennett. In the summer of 2012 this Titanic deck chair was featured in the "Titanic: Unsinkable Passion" exhibit presented at The Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton, Ontario, Canada, and it has appeared on television in numerous countries including Norway, Finland, Denmark, Australia, and New Zealand. From the Titanic Concepts Inc. collection. Titanic baker Charles Joughin claimed to have thrown at least 50 deck chairs into the water to act as flotation devices. Many more must have been strewn about as the ship slipped beneath the waves. Frederick Hamilton, a crewman aboard the body recovery vessel, Mackay-Bennett, recorded in his personal diary on April 21, 1912, that "The ocean is strewn with a litter of woodwork, chairs, and bodies." The official logbook of the Mackay-Bennett records the recovery of multiple deck chairs from the Titanic wreckage over a period of several days, as well as their repair by the ship's carpenter, suggesting that some of them were intended to be made functional again.Deck chairs aboard the great liners represented the epitome of luxury and opulence. Passengers would often relax against a cooling ocean spray, sometimes covered with a blanket while attended to by the ever present, and attentive, deck stewards. Although the deck chairs were made of wood (beech), usually with caned seats, they were amazingly comfortable. Designed to a full body length with a headboard and foot rest, some of Titanic's deck chairs ultimately made their way to porches in Nova Scotia homes where they were brought ashore by the body recovery ships, providing an unexpected amenity to average income families against the backdrop of the terrible tragedy which made their availability possible.The deck chairs used by White Star Line, Titanic's parent company, came in different styles and configurations, all of which were unique to that line. They were generally interchangeable between the company's ships but, in some respects, were also unique to certain vessels. For example, most of the chairs made for White Star had stars carved into their headrests. Titanic was the one known exception as some of its deck chairs, while similar in every other respect to other chairs in use, did not contain a star. This is thought to be attributable to a furniture company in Boston, R. Holman & Co., simply not having the punch tool used to provide the outline for the star, unlike those produced by the British furniture firms under contract to the line. The Holman company existed for a brief period, opening in 1909, and is believed to have manufactured a relatively small run of deck chairs destined for Titanic as there were simply not enough chairs in the line's existing stores to accommodate that much new deck space! The chair offered here is one of that small run, and is a close match to the Holman chairs prominently pictured in a photo taken on the decks of Titanic on April 11, 1912, in Queenstowne, Ireland. Provenance: The Steve Santini Collection.Today, some 100 years since Titanic's demise, these graceful chairs have all but disappeared; very few are known to still exist. Deck chairs were designed to be functional as well as aesthetically inviting. That this piece of furniture once graced the decks of R.M.S. Titanic and was perhaps directly associated with some of Titanic's most famed and influential figures, makes this an iconic piece of history. There is no telling when, if ever, another Titanic deck chair will ever be publicly available.Provenance: Property of a Private Collector. Oral history of recovery by C.S. Mackay-Bennett. Detailed provenance letter, Steve Santini (2012). Note: The chair can be folded for transport or storage.

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Titanic Life Boat Flag

Lot 53: Titanic Life Boat Flag

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Description: Incredibly scarce flag removed from a Titanic lifeboat. Painted cast bronze flag and mast measures approximately 9.25 x 8. Red and black swallowtail flag and mast features a five-point white star cast in relief in the middle. Flag is screwed into a 13.75 x 9 wooden plaque (Note: The screws attaching the plaque to the wooden board are not original to the period). Expected weathering and paint loss, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a Carpathia boarding pass, 6 x 9, issued to Istivan Osatai, stamp-dated April 8, 1912, showing Osatai departing New York at noon on April 11 and bound for Budapest. Also included is an analytical report of the flag done by the Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.The rescue ship Carpathia brought 13 of Titanic's 20 lifeboats back to New York. There are numerous theories of what became of these boats. Some historians believe they were left to rot at the Lane Lifeboat Company in Brooklyn while others believe in a more practical fate for the boats: that they were re-used aboard Olympic when additional boats were added to that ship. If this was the case, the company would have likely wanted to keep it secret so as not to concern any superstitious passengers. Whatever their fate, one thing is certain: souvenir hunters took such a toll on the lifeboats accoutrements that police and security officers had to be assigned to protect them. Ironically, stories abound how some of those assigned to protect the boats managed to acquire their own souvenirs or allowed some others to do so. Ref. p. 197 of Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy, Second Edition, by John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas (W.W. Norton & Company, 1995).Each of Titanic's 16 wooden lifeboats contained three separate plaques screwed into their hulls. One plaque said "S.S. Titanic." This may seem unusual since Titanic herself was referred to as "R.M.S. Titanic." However, the reason for this designation, which stands for Royal Mail Steamer, is that Titanic had a contract to carry the royal mail. She was always, "S.S. Titanic." If the mail contract had ended, the RMS designation, in reality a courtesy title, would have been dropped. The second plaque said "Liverpool," which referred to Titanic's registered port of call. The third plaque was the most visual. It was a White Star Line red burgy or company flag, located below the Liverpool plaque, and is the one offered here. One might think that given a choice, souvenir hunters would prefer the flag as it was the only plaque consisting of a colorful displayable image, however, the other plaques were smaller, had less screws, and were simply easier to remove.On the rare occasion a lifeboat plaque makes its way to market, it is often accompanied by an oral history, the details of which have sometimes been lost. Amazingly, in this case, not only does this plaque come with an oral, but it is also accompanied by the original travel receipt of Istivan Osatai, the gentlemen who originally removed the plaque from a lifeboat, showing that he was a passenger on Carpathia on the very voyage that rescued Titanic's survivors, and her lifeboats! Since Osatai had the "advantage" of being on Carpathia, he likely acquired the plaque before the boats were offloaded at the White Star Line pier in New York. The plaque is a match to similar known White Star Line plaques in every way and displays the appropriate patina and wear for its age. There is no way to overstate the rarity and desirability of such an iconic piece of Titanic's story.

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Titanic

Lot 54: Titanic

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Description: On-board Titanic postcard, 5.25 x 3.25, with an image of Titanic's first class smoking room, postmarked Queenstown, April 11, 1912. Reverse bears a letter, in pencil, addressed to "Master Tom Richmond." Letter begins "I am having a good time on this big ship." In fair condition, with paper loss and tears to edge, text of letter fairly light and only partially legible, dampstaining to both sides, and creases through image.

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Carl Asplund

Lot 55: Carl Asplund

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Description: A single iron key with quatrefoil head made by Yale and Town circa 1900 measuring approximately two inches long, recovered from the body of third class Titanic passenger Carl Asplund. Keys of this type were used to lock and unlock jewelry, document, or small casket boxes. This key was recovered from Asplund's body, No. 142, by the Mackay-Bennett and is documented in the inventory of his possessions. Provenance: Henry Aldridge, May 2011; Asplund Family.

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John Jacob Astor

Lot 56: John Jacob Astor

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Description: Real estate magnate, military officer, and heir to the Astor fortune (1864-1912) who perished in the Titanic disaster. Partly-printed DS, one page both sides, 10.25 x 7, September 20, 1904. Attractive stock certificate issued to Astor for 100 shares of stock in the United New Jersey Rail Road and Canal Company. Signed at the bottom by the president and treasurer of the company, and signed on the reverse, "John Jacob Astor," selling the shares. In very good condition, with a cancellation cut and embossed seal over portion of signature, several other cancellation cuts, two vertical folds, and pinholes to upper left.

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Mrs. John Astor

Lot 57: Mrs. John Astor

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Description: First wife of John Jacob Astor IV. ANS signed "Ava Astor," on one of her 3.5 x 2.5 embossed calling cards, no date, but postmarked September 8, 1913. Brief note of thanks for sent condolences after the loss of her husband on board the Titanic. In full: "I am so grateful for your sympathy & your thoughts." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original black-bordered mailing envelope, addressed in Astor's hand. A very personal note from Astor.

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John Jacob Astor

Lot 58: John Jacob Astor

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Description: Original vintage 7 x 5 American Press Association photo of Astor's yacht, the Noma, with Astor's son Vincent en route to receive his step-mother, 19-year-old Madeleine Astor, who was rescued by the Carpathia. Printed caption on reverse, dated April 18, 1912, states "Astor's yacht...will meet the Carpathia upon her arrival in Ambrose Channel and take off his step-mother who was rescued from the Titanic." In fine condition, with scattered light creases and surface marks and some light silvering to darker areas of image.

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John Jacob and Madeleine Astor

Lot 59: John Jacob and Madeleine Astor

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Description: Original vintage glossy 8 x 10 press photo of John Jacob and Madeleine Astor coming down the front steps of a building, with John Astor holding a cane, and their pet Airedale Kitty, between them. Reverse bears a pencil notation of "Col. Astor & Miss Madeleine Force," as well as several May and June 1912 stamp dates. In good condition, with paper loss to edges, partial separation to a noticeable vertical crease to right side, clipped lower left corner, and scattered creases and wrinkles. John Jacob, and their dog, would perish in the Titanic disaster, with Madeleine remarrying two more times. Provenance: Caren Archive, New York Times.

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Madeleine Astor

Lot 60: Madeleine Astor

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Description: Original 6.5 x 8.5 silver gelatin Underwood and Underwood photo of Astor leaving church on Easter Sunday in White Sulphur Springs, on the second anniversary of the Titanic disaster, with her sister and fiancee behind her. Reverse is stamped Underwood and Underwood and has a press caption taped at the top, dated April 14, 1914. Caption reads, in part: "Mrs. John Jacob Astor, the young widow of the late Col. Astor leaving the chapel of the church on the grounds of the Greenbrier Hotel...Mrs. Astor has recently come out of mourning she still wears the sombre hued garments while attending church." Lightly trimmed top edge, silvering to darker areas of image, a few surface marks, and a ding to right side, otherwise fine condition.

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Mrs. John Astor

Lot 61: Mrs. John Astor

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Description: Socialite (1868-1958) and the first wife of John Jacob Astor IV whom she divorced in 1910. Astor would perish aboard the Titanic while returning from his honeymoon with his new bride. Original 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite of Ava Willing as a four-year old, by Taylor and Brown of Philadelphia. Notation on reverse in an unknown hand reads, "Ava L. Willing, 4 years old." In fine condition, with a few light spots to background and some light silvering to darker portions of image.

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Vincent Astor

Lot 62: Vincent Astor

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Description: Businessman and philanthropist (1891-1959) who was the son of Titanic victim John Jacob Astor IV. TLS, one page on black-bordered mourning stationery, 5.25 x 6.5, personal letterhead, May 15, 1912. Response to a letter of condolence. In full: "Please accept my thanks for your very kind letter and for the copy of your poem which you enclosed, which was much appreciated." In fine condition, with mild soiling to the lower left. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

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Elsie Edith Bowerman

Lot 63: Elsie Edith Bowerman

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Description: First class passenger rescued in Life Boat 6. Original metal legal wig box belonging to Titanic survivor Elsie Edith Bowerman. Oval shaped wig box measures almost 11˝ across, with Bowerman's name stenciled on the lid. Inside of lid bears manufacturer's information of "Ravenscroft Law, Wig & Robe Makers, Lincolns Inn, London." In very good condition, with expected wear, scattered paint loss, and several edge dents. Bowerman was admitted to the Bar in 1924, and she practiced law until 1938 on the South Eastern Circuit.

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Will Barrows

Lot 64: Will Barrows

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Description: Very nice Christmas card to his sister, sent while sailing near Australia, measuring 3.25 x 5 closed, with an image of an ocean liner on the front. Inside bears a printed quote from Longfellow and Christmas sentiment, and signed at the bottom, "Will, To my dear sister Ada." In fine condition, with a bit of mild toning and a rusty paperclip mark to front.

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Emma Bucknell

Lot 65: Emma Bucknell

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Description: Philadelphia heiress, first class passenger and Titanic survivor who evacuated onboard Lifeboat 8. Bucknell College in Pennsylvania is named for her husband. ALS, eight pages on two sets of adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, April 30, 1885. Lengthy apologetic letter to Dr. Anderson after she left his book store in a hurry to make another appointment. In part: "I think I have never in my life been so rude to anyone as to you the other day and I have added to my fault by leaving you so long without an apology. Which is your due, and which alone can restore me to any self respect. I can only comfort myself by hoping that I can show you that my first fault was unintentional, my second unavoidable, and to win your forgiveness for both. When you went up stairs after the book, leaving me with Miriam Bitting you little thought I was going to surpass your very worst act of forgetfulness nor did I. You must never complain again of your 'treacherous memory' in my presence unless you wish to make me suffer over again the shame and mortification I felt when I realized what an unparalleled act of rudeness my treacherous memory had led me into. I had an engagement at one o'clock, and Mr. Bucknell had asked me to do something for him at the house before that hour. I had been talking with Miriam utterly oblivious of the flight of time until after you went up stairs, when some remark of hers made me look at my watch. Imagine my consternation when I found I had only twenty five minutes left in which to go home, do Mr. Bucknell's work, and go down to 2nd and Chestnut! Everything but my need for haste flew out of my head, and I flew out of the store. I never once thought of you until I was on my way back down Chestnut St. Of all the persons to choose upon whom to cast such indignity! I had always admired and reverenced you, and valued the possibility of your bearing me in kindly esteem, so highly that I could have cried from vexation if that would have mended matters any, I thought that I could write you a note of apology as soon as I reached Chestnut Hill, but no! I was not to have even that comfort. I have always been a victim to sick head-ache whenever I have been too tired or worried or have been imprudent in my diet, and on that day I had been all three, so instead of writing to you I spent several profitable-I hope-hours of painful meditation on my bed. It was not until nearly noon of Wednesday that I could raise my head, and then, weak and almost too sick to leave my bed, I had to make the first train I could get to keep an important engagement out of town...I do most sincerely wish that I could do something to prove how sorry l am. That I fear is impossible, but if l can please command me." A few partial separations along horizontal folds, a uniform shade of mild toning, and some of the writing a shade light, but still completely legible, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

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Archibald Butt

Lot 66: Archibald Butt

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Description: American military officer (born 1865) who served as an influential aide to Presidents Roosevelt and Taft before perishing during the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Endorsed bank check, drawn on the Riggs National Bank, 7.25 x 3, filled out and signed in another hand, payable to Butt for $5.34, May 14, 1904. Boldly endorsed on the reverse, "A. W. Butt." In fine condition, with cancellation holes to body, small cancellation cut to upper portion, expected stamps and a couple small edge tears and chips.

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Archibald Butt

Lot 67: Archibald Butt

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Description: Original vintage glossy 7 x 5 photo of William H. Taft and Archibald Butt, captioned at the top, "Taft at Bryn Mawr College, Capt. Butt." Reverse of the photo bears a George Grantham Bain, N.Y. stamp, as well as a partial caption. In very good condition, with a couple areas of paper loss to edges, scattered creases and surface marks, and light rubbing to finish.

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W. H. Egg

Lot 68: W. H. Egg

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Description: Third class steward on board the Titanic. Egg died in the sinking, and his body, if recovered, was never identified. On-board Titanic 'Tuck's' postcard, 3.5 x 5.25, with a color illustration of the Titanic on the front by "Oilette," postmarked Southampton April 7, 1912. Reverse bears a short letter from Egg, signed "Your aff Father, W. H. E.," addressed to "Miss Egg" at Braxton Hill in London. Letter reads, in full: "What do you think of this mammoth it will take years to find one's way about." Postcard also bears a one half-penny stamp. In very good to fine condition, with creasing to lower left corner and scattered light toning and soiling to correspondence side. Egg had signed onto the Titanic on April 4, 1912. Tuck's 'Oilette' series are reproductions of commissioned paintings.

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John Will Gill

Lot 69: John Will Gill

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Description: Titanic victim who worked as a chauffeur. His body was eventually recovered from the sea by the cable-laying vessel Mackay-Bennett on April 23rd, and he was buried at sea the following day. Color embossed picture postcard, 3.25 x 5.25, with a Welsh scene on the front. Reverse is addressed to his future wife Sarah, "Miss W. Hodder, No. 3 Griffin Road, Clevedon," and signed "With kind regards from Will XX." Some scattered light soiling to correspondence side and light crazing to finish of image side, otherwise fine condition. John and his wife were married for just two months before he perished and his widow would never remarry.

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Archibald Gracie

Lot 70: Archibald Gracie

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Description: One of the few male survivors of the ill-fated Titanic. He was drawn under when the vessel sank, but managed to reach a life raft and succeeded in rescuing 29 other passengers. He died December 4, 1912, of complications from exposure to the icy water. Bank check, 7.5 x 3, filled out and signed by Gracie, payable to The Cairo for $25.00, May 22, 1906. Cancellation holes slightly affecting upper portion of signature, bank stamp to center, small tear to right edge, and a lightly trimmed left edge, otherwise fine condition.

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Wallace Hartley

Lot 71: Wallace Hartley

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Description: English violinist (1878-1912) best remembered as the courageous bandleader who, along with his seven other band members, played on as the Titanic sank. Very elegant Christmas card, 5.75 x 3, with foliate cut borders and a floral front highlighted with glitter and printed with "Remembrance," on the front. Inside bears a pre-printed sentiment that reads, "There's gladness in remembrance" "With all good wishes for a happy Christmas From," and signed in black ink, "Wallace H. Hartley." Reverse of the card is affixed to a 6.25 x 8 off-white album page, with a collector's notation under the card which reads, "Band-Master on the Titanic-Who played 'Nearer My God To Thee' as the ship went down." Page is still housed in its original hardcover autograph album, which mainly contains poetry, artwork, and cartoons done by convalescing First World War soldiers. In fine condition, with some mild foxing and stray pencil marks to front of card and a couple trivial spots of toning to inside of card. Wallace Henry Hartley was born in Colne, Lancashire in 1878, and was 33 years old when he embarked on Titanic's maiden voyage. Band members on Titanic were listed as Second Class passengers. At that time, musicians on White Star Line ships were supplied through the music agents C.W. & F.N. Black of Liverpool. Many credit Hartley and the members of his band for maintaining calm and order on the ship which allowed the lifeboats to be filled and lowered in an orderly fashion. Hartley will always be remembered for playing to the end and, thus, sacrificing himself for the welfare of others.

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Charles Melville Hays

Lot 72: Charles Melville Hays

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Description: A 1905 Grand Trunk Railway System pass, 3.75 x 2.25, issued to Mr. G. B. Owen, the assistant to the general manager of Erie Rail Road, bearing the printed signature of Titanic passenger and victim of the sinking, Charles Melville Hays. In the 1912 Hays was the president of the GTR and was returning home to Canada as a first class passenger on board the Titanic. In fine condition. Hays drowned in the disaster, but the Minia recovered his body on April 26. "It was no trouble to identify him as he had a lot of papers on him and a watch with his name on it," sailor Francis Dyke wrote to his mother. His coffin was brought back to Montreal for burial aboard his private railway car, Canada. The car is still preserved and on display at the Canadian Railway Museum near Delson, Quebec.

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Thomas Hewitt

Lot 73: Thomas Hewitt

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Description: An 18k gold gentlemen's signet ring (.30 kt), recovered from the body of Titanic bedroom steward Thomas Hewitt. This ring was recovered from Hewitt's body, No. 168, by the Mackay-Bennett and is documented in the inventory of his possessions. Provenance: Henry Aldridge, May 2011; Hewitt Family.

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Rose Amelie Icard

Lot 74: Rose Amelie Icard

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Description: Icard's 1960 Republic of France National Identification card. Card measures 3 x 4.5 closed with two French revenue stamps affixed to the bottom. Inside opens to 4.5 x 6 and has Icard's name, birth date, and other personal information typed inside, and is signed at the bottom in blue ballpoint by Icard. At the bottom, a clipped 1.5 x 1.5 snapshot of Icard is affixed by two circular metal tabs and also bears a fingerprint of her index finger. A pencil notation to top of inside, and ink notation on the front identifying Icard as a "dame de compagnie" of Mrs. Stone, and scattered toning and soiling, otherwise fine condition.

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Rose Amelie Icard

Lot 75: Rose Amelie Icard

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Description: Titanic survivor who travelled as the personal maid to Mrs. Martha Evelyn Stone. Icard and Stone were rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 6. Amazing handwritten account, in French, written by Rose Amelie Icard, nine pages, 8.25 x 10.5, written in the 1950s. In full (translated): "The most tragic memory of my seventeen years trip around the world is the Titanic wreck. I am 83 years old, but it is a time of my life that I will never forget. I was in Paris when through an interpreter male friend I got acquainted with Mrs. George Stone, widow of an American husband, President of the Bell Company, a general telephone company, who was looking for a person liking to travel to accompany her. My forever dream was then realized; I decided to leave with her to America. I cannot enumerate....... all the countries that we have covered. Winter 1912 we were in Egypt; our trip continued to the Holly Land to end in Jerusalem. This unforgettable trip to Jesus land came very close to be the last of all trips. Back in Europe, after going through Paris and London, we embarked on the Titanic April 10, 1912.It was Mrs. Stone who took the tickets in London and told me delighted that we were going to embark on the most beautiful liner. Nights before I had dreamed of death, of trunks smashed open, maybe a presentiment told me that I would not have chosen the Titanic. Captain Smith, even though on the verge of retiring, was designated by the White Star Line to command this floating palace for her maiden voyage; I can still see him, a handsome old man with a white beard. It is him who helped me get in the lifeboat.During the four day that the ephemeral cruise lasted in the splendid transatlantic there were constant truly royal luxurious receptions, ceremonial dinners, the most sumptuous clothes, a dazzling display of jewelry, diamond rivière, worthy of oriental splendor. Among the elegant gathering were 7 to 8 young couples returning from their honeymoon, several of them were no strangers to us, we had met them during our stay in Egypt.April 14, in the afternoon, it was a Sunday the music onboard had played several repeats, the Ave Maria of Gounod, the Merry Widow of [left out in text]. It was bitter cold! We were near Newfoundland island. I had to go down to my cabin to warm myself up.A French ship, 'the Touraine' I believe, had indicated 'Attention,' Icebergs!! But the President Bruce Ismay asserted that there was nothing to fear, that the Titanic was unsinkable [written in misspelled English in text]. The last evening was particularly animated: Concert, ball, entertainment. Yet, all this could not chase the confused anguish that was still tormenting me. I did not even change clothes, I did not feel like it - while women rivaled in elegance around me.Around eleven o'clock: Mrs. Stone and I went to bed. Forty-five minutes later, while the liner was at full speed a horrifying shock threw us out of bed.We were going to find out what was happening when an officer told us on the way 'it is nothing go back to your cabin.' I replied 'listen to this loud noise, it seems like water is surging in the ship.' Back in the cabin, I saw that our neighbor across had gone back to bed.Her daughter came panicked shouting 'mother, quick, quick get up - it is very serious.' I helped Mrs. Stone to get dressed, she took her lifejacket and told me 'come quickly.' I was shaking, and still with my night gown on, I took a coat, my lifejacket and followed her on deck. There I found my traveling blanket and my fur coat, left on my long chair. They consequently proved to miraculously protect me. We felt under our feet the deck heel over the abyss. I wanted to go back down to get Mrs. Stone's jewelry, a fortune, I go the wrong stairway and I go back up half way. Luckily for me because I would never have gone back up. At that time we witnessed unforgettable scenes where horror mixed with the most sublime heroism. Some women still in ball dresses, a few of them getting out of bed, barely dressed, tousled, panicked, were rushing toward the embarkations. Commandant Smith had shouted, 'women and children first.' Officers and sailors firm and calm in the crush were taking women and children by the arm and directed them toward the lifeboats. Next to me were two handsome elderly Mr. and Mrs. Straus, owners of Macys Department Stores in New York, she refused to get in the boat after having let her maid get in it. She hung on her husband's neck while telling him 'We have been married for 50 years, we never were apart, I want to die with you.' They put the boat nearby the almost faint new spouse of millionaire J. Jacob Astor. coming back from their honeymoon, she was 19 years old, him 50 years old. She hung onto him, he had to push her back with force.Sailors with blue blouson-style jacket, belt and beret started singing the beautiful canticle, 'Closer to you my Lord; It is the cry of my faith.; Closer to you my Lord.' The lifeboats were quickly lowered down. By miracle Mrs. Stone and I found each other in the same boat, where we were about thirty people. The officer told us 'Row hard, you only have twenty-five minutes to save your life.' I took the oars and rowed with so much energy that I had bloody hands and paralyzed wrists; because we had to be quick to escape the immense abyss that the Titanic was going to open while sinking. It is at that time that I noticed that someone was crouched under me. I did not have the strength to reveal his presence. I have never known who was the men who saved his life that way. While we were moving away on the nearly calm sea, only slightly lit by the lantern that the officer was holding, I did not keep my eyes off the (Titanic) blazing lights. Suddenly complete and impenetrable obscurity, horrible screams, shouting broke in the midst of creaks from the ship, then it was all. I sometimes still dream about it.43 years after the drama. Only 745 people were saved from the 2,229 passengers and members of the crew. After that night of terror, at the first light of day, before the arrival of the Carpathia who had to take us in, numb, completely exhausted, our boat and a few others went back to the scene of the tragedy. The waters were calm and bare and nothing could have lead one suppose that the giant of the seas had been engulfed there. Alone before us, two ice cathedrals gave a pinkish hue to the first ray of sun offering a spectacle of rare beauty. When we were assembled in the Carpathia dining room, painful scenes unwound; young women were there without their husband, mothers without their son; a young mother whose son was snatched by a wave had gone crazy and mistook a child presented to her for her own. Some survivors told the story of atrocious moments in the course of which all human feeling opposed. There were sublime gestures. A stranger took his lifejacket off to offer it to an elderly woman who had not found a place in the embarkation and told her: 'You pray for me.' After having helped rescue women and children billionaire Benjamin Guggenheim put on formal clothes, a rose on the lapel, to die. A preacher says the prayers for the missing. The Carpathia who was on her way to Genoa, turned around to take us back to New-York.I will not talk about our arrival where we again witnessed poignant scenes.Dedicated to Mrs.Clersein [not sure] in memory of her dear mother with whom I have lived this tragic catastrophe in the night of April 14 to 15, 1912." In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold and some light corner creases. Accompanied by a lengthy French newspaper article about Icard, dated August 22, 1951. A truly gripping account detailing the exceptional bravery and horror of that fateful night.

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Bruce Ismay

Lot 76: Bruce Ismay

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Description: Chairman and managing director of the White Star Line (1862-1937). He came to rather negative international attention as the highest-ranking White Star official among the survivors, for reportedly deserting the ship while women and children were still on board. DS, signed "J. Bruce Ismay," one page both sides, 11.5 x 8, stamp-dated December 23, 1902. Stock certificate for 10 shares of the International Mercantile Marine Company issued to Ismay, signed on the reverse by Ismay after selling the stock. Intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, several areas of cancellation holes, several ink notations and stamps, and scattered creases, toning, and soiling, otherwise very good condition. In 1902, J. Pierpont Morgan formed the International Mercantile Marine Company with an investment of $120 million. He purchased Red Star Lines and the entire capital stock of the White Star Line, giving him more than half of the total British Atlantic tonnage. The White Star Line, a wholly owned subsidiary of IMMC, was probably the most successful British transatlantic carrier for decades.

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Catherine Jones

Lot 77: Catherine Jones

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Description: Wife of Titanic's Chief Officer Henry Tingle Wilde who perished in the disaster. She passed away in 1910 after delivering twins, both who died in infancy. An original painting, by Catherine (Polly) Jones, oil on canvas stretched on a wooden frame, of a Welsh lake scene, 35.25 x 24, depicting several boats on the water and a woman walking on a path in the foreground. Signed in paint in the lower right corner, "C. P. J. April 1894." Painting is housed in its original carved wood gilt frame to an overall size of 47 x 35. In fine condition, with some scattered light crazing, mostly to lower portion, and a small ding to background. The frame also has several chips and missing pieces which could be easily repaired. Accompanied by a printed deposition from Richard Yates, husband of Helen Elspeth Yates (nee Wilde), the granddaughter of Henry Tingle Wilde, First Officer on the Titanic.

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Thomas Knowles

Lot 78: Thomas Knowles

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Description: Knowles saw service on several vessels before taking the place of a deserting crew member to have a chance to serve as a firemen's messman aboard the Titanic and survived the sinking in lifeboat Collapsible C. Certificate of Discharge, one page, 7.5 x 6, stamp-dated August 1, 1896. Knowles's discharge from the ship Norman, where he served in the capcity of a fireman. Certificate notes that Knowles served from May 1 to July 31 of 1896. Signed at the conclusion by the Norman's master and a representative from the shipping office. The discharge also bears two "V.G." stamps in areas for character of conduct and ability. In very good condition, with a central vertical fold, scattered creases and wrinkles, light toning, and show-through from old tape along one edge on reverse. Knowles's wife did not even know he was on board the Titanic until she received word that he had been saved.

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Charles Lightoller

Lot 79: Charles Lightoller

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Description: Second mate on board the Titanic (1874-1952), the most senior officer to survive the disaster. Collection of 12 items, with a couple relating to crew member Colonel A. Fitzgerald: a Certificate of Discharge, signed "C. H. Lightoller," one page, 5.5 x 8, dated June 28, 1944. A discharge issued to deck hand A. Fitzgerald, signed by Lightoller as Master; Fitzgerald's June 5, 1944, confidential orders listing Lightoller as skipper; Fitzgerald's certificate of proficiency for a gunnery; a small patch from his uniform; a postcard from Fitzgerald, dated June 11, 1944, mentioning his armed vessel will be heading to Loch Ness and "hope to have a view of the Loch Ness Monster"; and seven original 4.25 x 3.25 unpublished candid photos of the crew and vessel, including one picturing Lightoller, patrolling Loch Ness. In overall very good condition. Forever dogged by his time on the Titanic, Lightoller retired in the 1930s. However, he used his own boat to help rescue soldiers during the Dunkirk evacuation.

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Charles Lightoller

Lot 80: Charles Lightoller

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Description: Second officer on board the Titanic, and the most senior officer to survive the disaster. He was the last survivor taken on board the rescue ship Carpathia. TLS signed "C. H. Lightoller," two pages, lightly-lined, 8 x 10, embossed White Star Line letterhead, S.S. Adriatic, May 1, 1912. Letter to R.W. Graham of Holt & Co. of New York informing Graham that Titanic assistant surgeon John E. Simpson was lost at sea. In full (with a couple of handwritten corrections by Lightoller): "In reply to yours of the 30th ultimo, I am sorry to say that Asst. Surgeon John E. Simpson was on the 'Titanic,' (not Asst. Purser, as stated in the papers).I deeply regret your loss, which is also mine. I may say I was practically the last man to speak to Dr. Simpson, and on this occasion he was walking along the boat-deck in company with Messrs. McElroy, Barker, Dr. O'Loughlin and four assistant pursers. They were all perfectly calm in the knowledge that they had done their duty and were still assisting by showing a calm and cool exterior to the passengers. Each one individually came up to me and shook hands. We merely exchanged the words 'Goodbye, old man.' This occurred shortly before the end and I am not aware that he was seen by anyone after. With deepest sympathy for you in the loss of your friend." In fine condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, a few light wrinkles and creases, and a couple spots of light toning.Lightoller had been travelling on the Adriatic at this time on his return to England following his testimony at the American Senate Inquiry into the Titanic Disaster. He had been immediately detained following his arrival on Carpathia in New York, and was making his return to England at the time this letter was written. Lightoller describes the final moments and whereabouts of such iconic Titanic figures as its chief purser, chief surgeon, and assistant surgeon, as well as describing what may have been Dr. Simpson's final words before he was lost. For these words to have come directly from Titanic's highest ranking surviving officer, while he was returning home after being detained in America, elevates this letter to a class all of its own.

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Meyer and Hays

Lot 81: Meyer and Hays

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Description: Two original Marconigrams sent by two survivors of the Titanic, while aboard the Carpathia. Both are in pencil on Marconi International Marine Communication Company telegram paper, 8.75 x 5.75, both are dated April 17, 1912, and affixed to opposite sides of a 13.5 x 8.25 album page, with British Enquiry evidence numbers 16 and 17 written at the top of the pages. First one, sent to Saks in New York reads, "Leila safe and well cared for. Edgar missing." Leila was the daughter of Andrew Saks of Saks 5 Avenue fame. She had cut short her European vacation to return for the funeral of her father who had died suddenly. Her husband Edgar died in the sinking. Second one reads, "All safe on Carpathia bound for New York." The second one was most likely sent by 1st class passenger Margaret Hays who survived with her dog and human traveling companions. In very good condition, with light overall toning and age wear, some minor scattered soiling and creasing. Both Marconigrams are documented in the book Titanic: Signals of Disaster. Book notes number 16 was received to MEA by H. C. at 7:17am. Number 17 was sent to MEA by H. C. At 7:20am. A stark reminder of the vital communication between the Carpathia and land, sending both good news and bad.

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Lucia Millet

Lot 82: Lucia Millet

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Description: Sister of artist Francis David Millet. ALS signed "Lucia Millet Baxter," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 6.5, Ledgwood Terrace letterhead, April 28, 1912. Letter to the editor of the New Bedford Mercury just two weeks after the sinking. In full: "As you have been so kindly interested in publishing so much about my brother, Frank D. Millet, I am going to make a request for the sake of his friends in your city. His body has been found and met at Halifax by Laurence Millet, the oldest son, on arriving in Boston it will be cremated by cable request from his widow in England. Later the funeral will be in the Unitarian Church in East Bridgewater. I cannot tell you the day or time yet as we do not know ourselves but the Boston papers will notify you sooner than we could and publishing the date, hour of funeral and best train is the favor I ask. All of his friends are welcome. Thanking you in advance for your courtesy l am yours in great grief." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Francis Davis Millet was an American writer, editor, military surgical assistant, and acclaimed artist who was a fatality of the sinking of the Titanic. He was one of the most famous men to perish in the disaster. His picture was carried on the front page of numerous newspapers after the sinking, and President Taft built a memorial to Millet and his friend Major Archibald Butt (who also died in the sinking) in front of the White House.

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Francis D. Millet

Lot 83: Francis D. Millet

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Description: American writer, editor, military surgical assistant, and acclaimed artist who was a fatality of the sinking of the Titanic. He was one of the most famous men to perish in the disaster. ALS signed "F. D. Millet," two pages, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, February 6, 1912. Letter to the editor of the New Bedford Morning Mercury. In full: "I was delighted to get your excellent and most interesting letter, yesterday and the photograph which came a good deal damaged but can be repaired somewhat and will serve me perfectly well. It is the best photograph of a whaler I ever saw and am very glad indeed to get it. Also the No. 8 of the Old Dartmouth Historical Societies, full of meat came to hand and I have read the marked page and a good many of the others already, while waiting for this large room to get room enough to work in. It is greatly encouraging to hear that they will permit me to ignore those electrobeis and I am sure they will never regret it. Thank you very much for the photograph and the pamphlet and for your kind offers in relation to the electric fixtures. I hope to get to work early in May. I have to run over to Rome first but I shall be always studying the subjects and hope to get a series which will be a record of the history at once instructive and decorative. Of course whaling will bear a prominent part but I think I can also work in all sorts of incidents and events which will enrich the series and add to the interest. As one studies a problem like this the ideas develop very fast and the trouble usually is to keep them down to reasonable limits. I can already see scores more pictures than I can put on the walls.I shall have to come down to make accurate measurements and templates as soon as I get back from Rome and then I hope I shall not be so much rushed as I was on my last visit and shall have an opportunity to have a talk with you. I still laugh over the creaking corduroys of Menemsha Bight." In fine condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, and a mild shade if toning. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

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Richard Parsons

Lot 84: Richard Parsons

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Description: Second class steward aboard the Titanic, with a monthly salary of £3 15s. Parsons died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never positively identified. Three postcards related to Richard Parsons, two 5.25 x 3.25 and one 3.25 x 5.25. One is written and signed by Parsons, to his sister, postmarked April 5, 1909, and reads, "I arrived here quite safe yesterday. Will write in a day or two. Hope you are well, with love from Dick." Other postcards are sent to Parsons from his mother and sister. Postcard sent to Richard by his mother (August 1909) is worded in part: "My dear Dick, just a card to wish you many happy...of your Birthday, sorry I have nothing to send you...with love from mother." Postcard sent to Richard by his sister Addie (September 30, 1909) is worded in parts: "Dear D...you are collecting P.C, I have sent you one it is the new fountain. Ruth is still staying here. I hope you are quite well. We have been expecting to hear from you. I had a letter from Cecil last night he said he had been to see you. Please write soon, with love from us both. Addie " In overall very good condition.

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Herbert John 'Bert' Pitman

Lot 85: Herbert John 'Bert' Pitman

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Description: Third Officer on board R.M.S Titanic (1877-1961) he survived the disaster onboard lifeboat five. Post Office telegram, 8.5 x 5.25, sent at 8:57 a.m., and stamp-dated April 18th 1912 (approx 78 hours after Titanic sunk), sent to Mrs. W. Taylor, Pitman's sister. Telegram shares the momentous news, that Officer Herbert Pitman survived and is safe, reading: "From friends pleased to hear Bert is saved." A central vertical fold, a few creases and spots, and a mild shade of overall toning, otherwise fine condition.

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Alphonse Simonius-Blumer

Lot 86: Alphonse Simonius-Blumer

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Description: Simonius-Blumer boarded the Titanic at Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912, and occupied first class cabin A-26 for his proposed voyage to New York. He was accompanied on the voyage by Dr. Max Staehelin-Maeglin. He was rescued in Lifeboat 3, along with Staehelin-Maeglin, and they were later rescued by the Carpathia from which they disembarked at New York on April 18, 1912. ALS in German, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, embossed On Board R.M.S. Titanic letterhead, "on the way to Southampton outside Cherbourg," April 10, 1912. Letter to his wife Alice in Switzerland. In full (translated): "We have been underway for an hour and I am using the calm progress of the ship to give you some more news. Yesterday afternoon I had a rather long conversation with H. Cook, the attorney for the Heine Company that Dr. St. [Dr. Max Staehelin, 1880-1955, Director of the Schweizerische Treuhandgesellschaft, who accompanied Simonius on the trip to New York] & H. Castelli were present at. But not much new came out of it, although he is of the opinion that the course of action proposed by me is the right one, only with regard to Heine he is worried, since he thinks that the latter could see my trip as a weakness and calculates that he might demand more since I am making the effort of going to New York for his sake. I, on the other hand, believe that we can most definitely persuade Heine that we are coming personally in order to, above all, settle the differences of opinion and make determinations with respect to the balance sheets between the Treuhand Gesellschaft and the American Chartered Accountance [sic], so that our prior offer of 250 francs per share will be recognized as a major concession. I could then possibly make a higher offer as an ultimatum, which, if not accepted, would force the Heine Company to initiate legal proceedings against Heine. The difficulty for me will be to determine the price of this ultimatum, and for this I must first confer with Mr. Winterfeld and with Mr. Roos, Director of the Heine Company, and get their views, and weigh them. In any case, I must suggest to Heine that I am in New York on other business matters, and am just taking advantage of the opportunity to negotiate with him on a possible trade in Heine shares. I have written this in order to make it clear to you that the matter is really quite delicate and because out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. I think that we will be in Cherbourg at 6 p.m. and I am very eager to see whether Frölicher with his wife and daughter Marguerite will really appear.The ship Titanic is completely new and unbelievably big with all possible amenities (halls, lifts, wonderful salons, chandeliers, a gymnasium, games, etc. On the upper promenade deck one is some 7 stories above the water, since there are 7 decks, one on top of the other, in the middle of the ship that are just First Class. I estimate the height above the water at approx. 20 meters, and am eager to see whether it's possible for waves to hit any higher than that. In my room (cabin) a good, rather wide bed, a washbasin with cold and warm water, a nice sofa, a closet, rug, electric fan, electric oven, 3 electric lamps, full carpeted, and even overhead direct light. The room is about 3 meters wide and 4 meters long, all quite comfortable. The wood still smells of the carpentry shop; which is not unpleasant to me.Aside from Frölicher, I haven't read any names I know, but since they are three, we will probably manage a game of bridge or skat. I will try to live entirely according to your regime & to bathe & do gymnastics & get massages & I have no doubt that I will come back in better health than when I set off. But the ship is so big that it cannot even rock & so surely fewer people will be seasick and my own seaworthiness means that I continue to have no such feelings. In the Hotel Metropole I saw Stierlin, who sends regards & says he will visit you soon in Basel. Be well, dear Alice, give regards to all the children, and kisses from your Alfons, who, upon embarking, already feels somewhat homesick."In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold, a mild block of toning to first page, and uniform toning to last page. An interesting letter as Simonius-Blumer marvels at the majesty of the Titanic in the first hours of the voyage.

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Jack Phillips

Lot 87: Jack Phillips

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Description: Senior Marconi operator who perished in the sinking of the Titanic. As the ship was sinking, Phillips worked tirelessly to send messages to other ships to enlist their assistance with the rescue of the Titanic's passengers and crew. Postcard signed "Jack," from Phillips to his sister, on the reverse of a 5.5 x 3.5 color postcard of the White Star R.M.S. Oceanic. Phillips writes: "Many thanks for the letter. Had very nice trip sail again off Wed'y if alls [sic] well." Some scattered light toning and soiling, and a few creases, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a short 2002 note of provenance from Ken Schultz writing "2 post cards sent by Jack Phillips to his sister."

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Edith Rosenbaum

Lot 88: Edith Rosenbaum

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Description: Fashion writer who survived the Titanic (1877-1975). When World War I broke out, she is claimed by some to have been the first female war correspondent who went into the trenches. Extremely scarce typed letter, signed in type "Edith L. Rosenbaum," 18 pages, 8.25 x 10.75, May 21, 1917. Very lengthy letter to "John." In part: "I have had several opportunities of going to the Front but owing to the bleak and cold winter it seemed I lacked the courage. Now, however, in the spring of the year when everything is blooming and one scarcely thinks of War I have actually gone to the Front and seen these villages terribly devastated by the enemy and have been able to judge of the horrors and realities of this great and awful war. I do not want to describe what I saw, but want to guide you mentally from the time I left the hotel until my return, to try in a measure to picture to you what I saw but to suggest what I feel would be impossible." Rosenbaum goes on to retell several stories from her trip through the war torn countryside, including children handling hand grenades, people returning to their villages after being sacked by the enemy, and other horrors of the war. She has also made some handwritten corrections and notations to the letter as well. In very good condition, with scattered toning and foxing, rusty paperclip impressions to front page, and scattered creases. An incredibly rare offering full of amazing war content. Most of Rosenbaum's letters were destroyed after her death.

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Jack Phillips

Lot 89: Jack Phillips

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Description: Senior wireless operator on board the Titanic and one of the true heroes of the disaster. As the Titanic was sinking, Phillips worked tirelessly to send wireless messages to other ships to enlist their assistance with the rescue of the Titanic's passengers and crew. Extremely rare ALS signed "Love all, Jack," on a 5.5 x 3.25 photo postcard of the Titanic at Southampton by Will Steed, April 6, 1912. Postcard to Miss Elsie Phillips. In full: "Thanks very much for your letter. Having glorious weather, went to Cowes yesterday. Will write later before we sail." Phillips has added in the address panel, "Miss Elsie Phillips, 11 Farncombe St., Godalming." In very good to fine condition, with some light soiling and toning, date stamp over a couple letters of text, a few light bends and corner tip bumps. Image side shows postal impressions, a bit of light silvering and rubbing, and creasing to lower right side.John George (Jack) Phillips turned 25 on board the Titanic. Despite his youth, he was a well-seasoned telegraphist, having learned his trade while working for the post office in 1906. He had served on numerous vessels for the Marconi Company before being assigned to Titanic as Chief Radio Officer. After abandoning ship when water flooded around his feet, he ended up on an overturned collapsable lifeboat where he later died of exposure to the severe cold. Harold Bride (Titanic's junior wireless operator) always remembered Phillips as 'the man who saved us all.'During his career, Phillips kept in frequent touch with his sister, Elsie, and she saved almost 300 postcards he sent to her during this time. This card, however, holds particular significance as it was written on April 6, 1912 while Titanic was docked in Southampton, and contains an image of the ship. Phillips often chose postcards which depicted the ship on which he served, yet only four of the 300 postcards retained by Elsie had any relation to Titanic-and only one, this one, illustrated the ship. Add to that the direct reference to the upcoming voyage and this is a remarkable item in every sense.Provenance: Ex Ken Schultz Collection; The Mariners' Museum, Newport News Virginia (1998); p. 81 Titanic: Fortune & Fate by Beverly McMillan and Stanley Lehrer (Simon & Schuster 1998).

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Edward Simpson

Lot 90: Edward Simpson

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Description: Assistant surgeon on board the Titanic who was responsible for the second and third class passengers. Simpson perished in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. Very rare ALS signed "J. Edward Simpson, Captn.," one page, 5 x 8, embossed On board R.M.S. 'Titanic' letterhead, Southhampton, April 9, 1912. Letter, addressed at the top by Simpson, "From Capt. J. E. Simpson, R.A.M.C.T.; To The Adjutant 1st (F.S) Btn. Middx. Rgt." Letter reads, in full: "I have the honor to request that I may be permitted to transfer to the unattached list of R.A.M.C.T. officers as owing to professional duties as Ship's Surgeon in the White Star Line & am prevented from carrying out all my duties in the R.A.M.C.T. for some time." Three horizontal mailing folds, scattered light soiling and creases, and signature at bottom a bit cramped, otherwise fine condition.Dr. John "Edward" Simpson of Belfast was 37 years old when he joined the Titanic on April 6, 1912. He had previously served on board Titanic's sister ship Olympic. He was still technically assigned to the Royal Army Medical Corps Territorials (R.A.M.C.T) as a medical doctor which meant his official duties would require him to remain under the army's direction. Thus, one last piece of official business before Titanic sailed was for Simpson to write this letter, which bears a beautiful White Star Line watermark, to the Adjutant of the First Battalion requesting that he be permitted to transfer to the unattached (i.e. inactive) list of the R.A.M.C.T. so as to be able to carry out his duties for White Star Line. Since the letter was sent on April 9, 1912 and Titanic sailed the following day, it is unknown whether he was officially relieved of his military duties before sailing, or thereafter.This original document relating to the official transfer of a notable Titanic crewman is one of the holy grails of Titanic memorabilia. We are unaware of any like document being offered for private sale. Titanic postal clerk Oscar Woody's letter of appointment is in the Smithsonian, and this letter is equally worthy.Provenance: Ex Ken Schultz Collection; The Mariners' Museum, Newport News Virginia (1998); pps. 28-29 Titanic: Fortune & Fate by Beverly McMillan and Stanley Lehrer (Simon & Schuster 1998); Ref. Titanic: Belfast's Own by Stephen Cameron (Wolfhound Press 1998).

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Jack Smillie and Family

Lot 91: Jack Smillie and Family

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Description: First class saloon steward aboard the Titanic whose body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett. Pearl-finish 7.75 x 4.5 generational family photo affixed to its original 10 x 8 mount, featuring an inset portrait of Titanic victim Jack Smillie to the lower right corner. Ink notation to reverse reads: "Jack Smillie, Past [sic] in the foundering of the RMS Titanic, April 15, 1912, May God stand watch." In very good condition, with moderate scattered foxing and soiling, two clipped corners, and the image slightly faded.

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Edward J. Smith

Lot 92: Edward J. Smith

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Description: Scarce DS, signed "E. J. Smith," one page, 8 x 6, October 30, 1896. A certificate of discharge issued to T. Riley a fireman aboard the S.S. Majestic. The document states Riley served aboard the vessel from October 7-28, 1896, and was discharged in Liverpool. Printed near the bottom is a certification statement which reads, "I certify that the above particulars are correct and that the above named Seaman was discharged accordingly, and that the character described hereon is a true copy of the Report concerning the said Seaman." Signed at the conclusion of the statement by Smith as the vessel's master, and countersigned by a shipping representative. The discharge also bears two "V.G." stamps in areas for character of conduct and ability. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Smith to an overall size of 21 x 13. Central vertical fold, scattered creasing and wrinkling, soiling and toning, a bit heavier to edges, two small holes to left side of sheet, Liverpool office stamp to lower right, paper loss to left edge, and some light scorch marks along extreme bottom edge, otherwise very good condition.Smith joined the White Star Line in 1880 and assumed command of the Majestic in 1895. When the Boer War began in 1899, Smith and the Majestic's crew (sans fireman Riley) transported troops to Cape Colony, without incident. For his service, King Edward VII awarded Smith the Transport Medal. As he rose in seniority, Smith became a favorite of the wealthy financiers and notables who frequently traveled aboard his ships, acquiring the nickname the 'Millionaires' Captain.' From 1904 on, Smith commanded the White Star Line's newest vessels on their maiden voyages, including the R.M.S. Titanic. An exceedingly rare autograph in any form.

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Mrs. Edward J. Smith

Lot 93: Mrs. Edward J. Smith

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Description: Unsigned pre-printed black-bordered appreciation card, 3.5 x 2.25, from Mrs. Edward J. Smith, the wife of Titanic's captain who perished. Printed message reads, "Mrs. Edward J. Smith offers sincere thanks for most kind sympathy," with "beautiful verses & tribute," written at the conclusion by Mrs. Smith. Light edge wear and toning and mounting remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition. Smith's wife, Sarah Eleanor Pennington, never remarried and died in 1931 after being struck by a taxi cab.h

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Edward J. Smith and Chief Purser

Lot 94: Edward J. Smith and Chief Purser

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Description: Original matte-finish 4 x 2.5 photo of Captain Edward J. Smith and Chief Purser Hugh Walter McElroy on deck in their uniforms. In fine condition, with the image slightly faded. Removed from an original scrapbook containing other period Titanic photographs.

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Margaret Spedden

Lot 95: Margaret Spedden

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Description: Exceptional ribbon-bound deckle-edge program titled "Class of '91 Ogontz Closing Exercises, June 9th, 3 x 4.75, four pages. Spedden is listed as one of the 18 graduates under her maiden name, Margaretta Corning Stone, who was also the class valedictorian. In fine condition, with scattered light toning and soiling. The Ogontz School for Girls was a school for privileged girl students. Perhaps the most famous student was Amelia Earhart. On the Titanic, Margaret, her husband, and her only child Robert were all able to survive. That Christmas she presented her son with a book filled with pictures and drawings of their European vacation including the sinking of the Titanic through the 'eyes' of her son's stuffed Titanic polar bear, which also survived the sinking. The book, Polar the Titanic Bear, was ultimately published in the 1990s when discovered by Spedden's relatives. The family survived the Titanic, but sadly Robert died at the age of nine when struck by a car in Maine. James Cameron's Titanic features a scene with a young boy playing with a toy spinning top on the deck of the Titanic. That scene is based on an actual photo of the young Spedden playing with a spinning top on the first leg of the journey.

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William T. Stead

Lot 96: William T. Stead

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Description: Journalist (1849-1912) and assistant editor of the Pall Mall Gazette famous for his anti-vice crusade and founder of The Review of Reviews who drowned in the Titanic disaster. He is widely considered to be the founder of modern journalism. TLS signed "W. T. Stead," one page, 8 x 5, The Review of Reviews letterhead, February 2, 1902. Letter to Mr. Hawkin. In full: "You introduced me to Mr. Krause, if you look in at Mowbray House at our 'At Home' between 4 and 5 on Friday next, I hope to be able to repay the compliment by introducing you to General Botha," with Stead adding in his own hand "but he leaves at 1/4 past 4 to be on time." The letter continues "If you should run across Greenwood you might bring him along too." In fine condition, with a central vertical fold and some light creases and toning. Accompanied by a 1947 softcover edition of Stead's book How I Know that the Dead Return.

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William T. Stead

Lot 97: William T. Stead

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Description: Editor of the British news magazine, 'Review of Reviews,' Stead was one of the earliest proponents who were lobbying for the big ocean liner companies to increase the number of lifeboats on steamships to avert a great loss of life should a disaster occur at sea. W. T. Stead was also a devout member of the early 'Spiritualist' movement and he attended numerous psychic gatherings and even séances conducted by well known spirit mediums of the day. Titanic lore relates that Stead's lobbying for an increased number of lifeboats on passenger liners was as a direct result of a dream he once had in which he saw himself as the victim of an ocean liner sinking. Indeed, some months before Stead found himself a first class passenger onboard the Titanic a psychic medium had warned him that ocean travel during the month of April 1912 would be "particularly hazardous." A solid sterling silver presentation trowel belonging to the sister of first class Titanic passenger and victim of the sinking, W. T. Stead. Trowel measures 12.5˝ long with the silver blade of the trowel engraved "Stead Memorial Church. Presented to M. I., (Mary Isabella), Stead on the occasion of her laying a foundation stone of the Congregational Church, Howdon on Tyne, 1st October, 1890." The blade of the trowel is highly decorated with ornate engraved leaves and elaborate scrollwork as well as a struck silver hallmark denoting the date of manufacture. The handle of the trowel is crafted from genuine hand-carved mother of pearl. Obviously a dearly cherished and valuable Stead family heirloom, this presentation trowel is a striking example of 'Gilded Age' opulence and fine craftsmanship and has a direct association to a Titanic passenger.

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Martha Stone

Lot 98: Martha Stone

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Description: First class Titanic survivor. Stone and her maid Rose Icard were rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 6. Unsigned typed testimony of Martha Stone, three pages, 8.5 x 11, dated May 1912. Sent to William L. Finch, British Vice Consul in Cincinnati, the testimony reads, in part: "I had gone to bed and was asleep when the crash came. It did not seem to me that it was very severe but I knew we had met with an accident...Someone said we had struck an ice-berg. As a cabin steward was standing near I inquired of him 'What shall we do?' He replied 'Go back to bed and go to sleep, there is no danger.'...The daughter of the lady in the cabin opposite came running down the corridor calling to her mother to put on a life-preserver quickly as we all must get into the life-boats...There seemed to be no head or system to the arrangement. I did not see any men waiting to take charge of the boats...There was not the slightest evidence of panic. I saw there was room in the boat they were lowering and I said to my maid 'Let us go now.'...The Captain came and stood in front of us saying 'Women and children first.'...As soon as we were in the water the man steering said 'You must row for your lives; if we are not a half mile away in twenty minutes we will be sucked down by the steamer when she goes down.' Then four or five women got on the oars and rowed. We watched the 'Titanic.' The water kept creeping higher and higher until the lights went out. The music sounded fainter and fainter until at last the waves covered the steamer 'that could not sink.' Then came the screams that seemed like one continuous groan which lasted for a long time...Had we some good strong men to do the rowing I feel sure we should have returned and been able to save some that were drowned, as other boats brought fifty odd to the Carpathia...I was in the second boat that put off, but while I was there every woman I saw was calm and willing to enter the boat. This is my personal experience on board the 'Titanic.'" In very good condition, with intersecting folds, a few small pinholes and separations along a few folds, and scattered toning, creasing, and soiling. Accompanied by Stone's period black leather case. A precise and chilling firsthand account of the last moments of the Titanic. Transcript originates directly from the great grandson of Martha Stone.

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Martha Stone

Lot 99: Martha Stone

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Description: Original vintage matte-finish oval portrait of Martha Stone measuring approximately 3.75 x 5.5, and showing a young Stone in black lace and a feather boa. Photo is affixed to a 4.25 x 6.75 mount, which is in turn affixed to a 6.25 x 9 mount. In fine condition. Photo originates directly from the great grandson of Martha Stone.

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Isidor Straus

Lot 100: Isidor Straus

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Description: Co-owner of Macy's department store who perished, along with his wife, on board the Titanic. TLS, one page, 4.75 x 7.75, personal letterhead, December 14, 1899. Letter to Harvard professor D. G. Lyon. In full: "I enclose herewith my check for $50., in order to enable the student in question to do the work he is engaged in without the drawback of lack of nourishment. When this is exhausted, let me know." In very good to fine condition, with a central horizontal fold, some light soiling and creasing, and a notation below letterhead. Also included are letters from his oldest son Jesse and his brother Oscar. Oscar served in President Theodore Roosevelt's cabinet from 1906 to 1909, becoming the first Jewish United States Cabinet member when he served as United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor.

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