Titanic captain’s mirror could fetch £ 10,000 when auctioned
A MIRROR belonging to the Titanic’s captain could sell for £ 10,000 when it goes under the hammer in Lichfield.
Captain Edward John Smith, from Stoke, went down with his ship after the “unsinkable” liner hit an iceberg during its maiden voyage. The disaster unfolded shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912.
The silver- framed easel mirror, which sat on Captain Smith’s dressing table at home, features in Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ fine and decorative arts sale at Lichfield Auction Centre on December 12. Included with the mirror is a small brown envelope containing a handwritten note explaining the item’s provenance. After his death, Captain Smith’s housekeeper, Ethelwynne, was invited to choose an item as a keepsake and in lieu of wages. The letter, written by her sisterin- law Hilda, says that the housekeeper chose the silver mirror.
The note – addressed to someone called Ida – then chillingly adds: “She ( Ethelwynne) always spooked me when she said that at times she could still see Captain Smith’s face in it on the anniversary of when the Titanic was sunk.”
Mr Winterton said: “Whoever buys this in December will have it in good time to test that legend on the 107th anniversary next April. Interest in the Titanic is as strong as ever. This mirror could fetch well in excess of £ 10,000 at auction.”
Richard Winterton with the mirror