Exceedingly rare color poster for the White Star Line, 39 x 29, of the company’s two newest and biggest ships, the Titanic and Olympic, circa early 1912. Originally done by Montague Birrell Black, the poster shows the Olympic steaming ahead, with its decks and bow full of passengers, with the Titanic in the background. The poster’s borders have been trimmed, as was the custom after the catastrophic Titanic sinking. Poster bears Black’s printed initials in the lower right, has been affixed to an identical size mount and is housed in its original frame (with plate glass), along with a small White Star Line plaque nailed into the bottom edge of the frame, to an overall size of 44.5 x 34.25. Backing bears most of a Galindo Mfg. Co. New York label. In fine condition, with uniform light fading to colors, a couple small areas of paper loss near top edge, and a small tear to left edge. Black produced numerous paintings and postcards for White Star Line throughout the 1920s. Printed in a relatively small number to hang in White Star Offices, only a few copies have survived, even fewer in their original frames. Oversized.
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A stunning cobalt blue demitasse cup and saucer designated for the Titanic. Cup measures 2 x 2.25 and the saucer’s diameter is 4.75. 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.”
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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 ALSs on individual 5.5 x 3.5 picture postcards, all three to his wife, all signed “Dick,” one written in pencil, two from September of 1911, and one from February 1912. One postcard, dated September 25, 1911, reads, in part: “I am sailing to New York on Wednesday on R. M. S. Majestic, she is about 1/5 the size of the Olympic I have not got a very good job on her but its better than being out of work.” His letter dated February 28, 1912, reads, in part: “I arrived back safely this afternoon about 4-30. I may go to London for a day or two, the Olympic got damaged again and she is going to Belfast for repairs tonight.” In overall very good to fine condition. Ex. Brian Green Collection. RR Auction COA.
Typescript from an interview given by MacKenzie in February of 1979, three pages, 8.5 x 11, signed at the conclusion, “Edwina C. MacKenzie.” Fantastic content in which a 27- year old survivor of the tragedy describes the terrible events from beginning to end. In part: “I think that the entire trouble with the ‘Titanic’ was problems with the life boats and the fact that you could not convince the passengers that the ship was going to sink…Also the collision could hardly be felt because the ship was so huge…It’s a myth that they played and sang Nearer My God To Thee. Mostly they played popular songs of the day in order to keep everyone’s spirits high…I can never forget what I call the ‘scream of death’ which happened the moment the Titanic gave up life and 1,500 people hit the icy water at the same moment.” In fine condition, with a staple hole to top left corner. Ex. Brian Green Collection. RR Auction COA.
First class passenger (1875-1912) who perished aboard the Titanic. DS, signed “by a family member,” one page, 8.25 x 11, May 20, 1912. Receipt from the passenger department of the I. M. M. Shipping company pertaining to the personal effects of Cavendish, whose body is referenced at the top, “No. 172.” In part: “I am lawfully enlisted to take possession of all the personal effects in your hands taken from the body of Tyrell W. Cavendish, a passenger on the ‘Titanic’…I acknowledge receipt of the following effects: £7 in gold, 1 Gold watch, 1 Pair gold cuff links, 1 Gold stud, 1 Fountain pen, 1 pencil, 2 Check books.” Quickly signed at the conclusion, in pencil, by a family member. Uniform toning, with heavier old tape toning to vertical edges, otherwise fine condition. Ex. Brian Green Collection. RR Auction COA.
Original painting by Steve Wiggin, oil on canvas, entitled ‘Encounter with Destiny,’ 35.5 x 23.5, depicting the bow of the Titanic disappearing underwater, as lifeboats are being loaded, and many victims in the water, signed in the lower left in white paint, “Encounter with Destiny, Titanic Disaster, April 15, 1912, by Steve Wiggin.” Framed to an overall size of 42.25 x 30. In very fine condition. Wiggin is an accomplished Canadian artist, specializing in aviation, whose work has been displayed in prominent museums, including the Canadian Aviation Museum, and several of his works have also toured nationally. Oversized. RR Auction COA.
Rare unused composite real photo postcard by J. W. Barker, featuring six different images related to the rescue efforts, with pictures of a lifeboat alongside the Carpathia, the iceberg, Captain Rostron, one of the Titanic’s collapsible lifeboats, the Carpathia, and the Carpathia’s crew, captioned at the bottom: “Titanic Rescue Scenes.” In fine condition, with silvering to dark areas of the image and a trivial pencil notation to the reverse. An exquisite postcard featuring six of the best photos taken after the tragedy at sea. RR Auction COA.