Ti­tanic cap­tain’s mir­ror could fetch £ 10,000 when auc­tioned

Solihull News - - NEWS -

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

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