The famous Titanic violin… This is the violin which belonged to the Titanic band member, Wallace Hartley. It was auctioned at Henry Aldridge and Sons auction house, Devizes, Wiltshire for £900000 on Saturday. I was present at the auction and we almost thought that the violin was going to go for a million. No news as yet as to who bought it.
Also pictured is part of a window surround from one of the first class suites on the Olympic.
Plate and saucer set made for use on the Titanic; these were removed from the ship shortly before her voyage. Others similar to these would have been used on the ship.
HISTORY MEME - WORLD VERSION ♛ [05/08] objects : Wallace H. Hartley’s violin
101 years after Titanic’s sinking, violin’s conductor of the ship had been found and authenticated. It belung to Wallace Hartley, the Titanic’s conductor. The same man who won fame by playing until the ship sunk in the depth of Atlantic. His corpse stayed 10 days in the ocean before being retrieved. The violin had been found in a suitcase fastened to him. His mother knew that he would have died gripping it. It was a present from his fiancée with a little silver plaque :”To Wallace, for our engagement. Maria”. Wallace Hartley is one of the most important well-known figure because of his incredible courage. And his violin is the most famous and important object of this tragedy.
Life Vest from the Titanic Disaster
Dr. Frank Blackmarr was a Chicago physician and one of the first Carpathia passengers to be informed of the distress call from the Titanic, due to his newly-formed friendship with Carpathia wireless operator Harold Cottam. Blackmarr was quick to note the severity of the situation and helped to treat survivors suffering from hypothermia, shock, and exposure. During the remaining voyage, Blackmarr received (or collected) from the survivors a Titanic life vest. He later donated it to the Chicago Historical Society, and in 1982, it was donated to the Smithsonian’s maritime collection. (x)
Pawnbroker pays £15,000 for Titanic ‘relics’ and finds they’re worth £1.2million.
Mark Manning bought the collection for £15,000. The artefacts include an inherited piece of ship’s wooden staircase and fragment of steel hull.
The anonymous collector who sold the relics claimed part of the collection which included a fragment of the doomed ship’s metal hull, had been gifted to him by George Tulloch.
Amid the horror and devastation of the night the Titanic sank, it stands out as one of the most poignant scenes.
The musical pig saved from the sinking Titanic by Edith Rosenbaum (later Russell) has been repaired after decades of being unable to play. The pig, which was played by Russell in the lifeboat to distract children from the screams of the dying in the water, is owned by the National Maritime Museum of the United Kingdom.
Bernice Ellis’ Kodak Brownie Camera
17-year old Bernice Ellis and her mother were traveling on the Carpathia when it came to the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic disaster. She used her Kodak Brownie camera to take pictures of nearby icebergs and the survivors resting on deck. Upon arriving in New York, she sold exclusive rights to her photographs for only $10 to Underwood & Underwood, with a promise that they would develop and return the photographs to her. In 1986, Ellis donated her camera and photographs to the Smithsonian Institute. (x)
The Titanic exhibition in the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre in Charlestown, Cornwall.
Stuff found on Titanic.
Maria Robinson sent a letter of thanks after Hartley’s personal items, including the Water-stained violin proven to be the one that played as the Titanic sank, were returned to her. [x]Mr F Walthers
Office of the Provincial Secretary Halifax N.S.
I would be most grateful if you could convey my heart felt thanks to all who have made possible the return of my late fiance’s violin.
May I also take this opportunity to express my appreciation to you personally for your gracious intervention on my behalf.
Water-stained violin proven to be the one that played Nearer my God to Thee by Wallace Hartley as the Titanic sank is found. [x]
It is the instrument that he played as the ship went down in the Atlantic, and that he later used as a buoyancy aid once Titanic went down.
The violin was discovered only by chance when the son of an amateur musician found it in his attic. It was given to his mother by her violin teacher and was left gathering dust.
The discovery was almost too good to be true, prompting experts to have the relic forensically examined by some of the most revered scientific bodies in Britain.
Now, after seven years of testing at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds, the water-stained violin has been proven to be the one played by Hartley on the night of the tragedy.
These pictures show how incredibly well-preserved the rose wood violin is despite its age and it being exposed to the sea for 10 days after the sinking.
There are two long cracks on its body that are said to have been opened up by moisture damage.
The photos also show the corroded engraved silver plate screwed onto the base of the fiddle that provided scientists with they key proof of its authenticity.
The historic violin, said to be worth a six figure sum, will go on public display at the Belfast City Hall, where Titanic was built, at the end of March.
Negotiations are also under way to exhibit it in museums around the world including America. It is likely to be auctioned off in the future.
Titanic experts have described it as the most important artefact associated with the infamous liner to have come to light.