Lot 234: R.M.S. TITANIC

Henry Aldridge & Son

April 21, 2018
Devizes, United Kingdom

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Description: An extremely rare Third Class Steward's badge used by Titanic steward Thomas Mullin onboard the ill-fated liner. There are only a handful of steward's badges known to exist and even fewer from Third Class stewards. The badge itself is of circular form with curved copper base and raised chromium plated five-pointed star with indented 32, the reverse has impressed company burgee, 2 eye clips and fastener.Thomas A Mullin Third Class Steward was born in Dumfries Scotland. After school his early career was as a pattern weaver. A failing eyesight condition forced him to change occupations and go to sea. He joined the St Louisa ship owned by American Lines, a company owned by IMMC co-incidentally also the owners of White Star Line. Reports of the day say he made a number of transatlantic trips and was earmarked for promotion. He transferred to Titanic as a Third Class steward and was allocated badge No 32. He supported his grandmother, brother and sisters, both his parents having died tragically young within months of each other. His body was recovered by Minia and allocated No 323, the last body recovered by Minia or Mackay-Bennett. Nova Scotia Public Records confirm badge No 32 and a memo book as some of the items recovered with his body. He is interred at Row 2 Fairlawn Cemetery. This is one of the rarest three dimensional items from a Titanic crewman to be auctioned in recent years. Provenance: Family descent, Thomas Mullin archive Henry Aldridge and Son April 2004 and then to the present vendor. 2ins. diameter.
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