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Titanic Survivor Molly Brown’s Cover Will Go Under the Hammer

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Items including a deck cover and a jewelry box believed to have belonged to famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown are due to go under the hammer in Belfast.

One hundred and ten years after the tragic sinking of the ill-fated liner, a number of items associated with her will be auctioned off in east Belfast, a short distance from the Harland and Wolff shipyard where she was built.

The White Star Line ship was one of the most luxurious ever built in 1912, but despite being described as unsinkable, she sank after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York, making more than 1,500 dead.

A blanket believed to belong to Titanic survivor Molly Brown is set to go under the hammer at Bloomfield Auctions in Belfast (Presseye/PA)

Among the survivors, US human rights activist Brown went on to help others by setting up the Committee of Survivors, raising nearly $10,000 (£7,650) for those left destitute by the disaster.

Items associated with Ms Brown and fellow survivor Elsie Bowerman will feature among Titanic, White Star Line, Harland & Wolff, Jewelery and Collectors sales later this month.

Karl Bennett, managing director of Bloomfield Auctions, said he expects gigantic global interest in Ms Brown’s items.

“As part of the sale, Molly’s White Star Line embroidered chaise lounge cover, which was in her possession while traveling on the Titanic, will go under the hammer, as will an engraved jewelry box which was given to Molly by her husband upon his safe return to New York,” he said.

Some of the items associated with the ill-fated Titanic liner set to go up for auction (Presseye/PA)
Some of the items associated with the ill-fated Titanic liner set to go up for auction (Presseye/PA)

“We also have a diamond-encrusted Legion of Honor medal which was awarded to Molly by the French for her charitable efforts during the First World War.

“These plays are accompanied by a host of documents relating to the famous actor Errol Flynn, which also make reference to Molly’s plays.

“Molly truly led a fascinating life and was an inspiration in all that she was able to achieve, especially for a woman at that time. We continue to see remnants of her accomplishments even today. , because the American juvenile justice system is based on the one she previously created in Colorado.

He added: “We also have a postcard of Elsie Bowerman, who was curiously on the same lifeboat as Molly, and a checkered handkerchief and a deck of Patience playing cards that belonged to her.”

Items that went under the hammer also include a launch stub, believed to belong to a friend of former Harland & Wolff chief executive Thomas Andrews, a cutthroat razor belonging to Titanic lookout Alfred Evans and a clearance certificate for Officer J Boxhall.

“The launch stub is something that would have been given to dignitaries,” Mr. Bennett said.

“We believe it belonged to a friend of Thomas Andrews and the heel has faded pencil marks.

The Titanic launch stub apparently belonged to a friend of former Harland & Wolff managing director Thomas Andrews (Press Eye/PA)
The Titanic launch stub apparently belonged to a friend of former Harland & Wolff managing director Thomas Andrews (Press Eye/PA)

“Alfred Evans was one of Titanic’s lookouts who was on duty the night of the sinking. We have a razor belonging to him with the inscription ‘Oceanic 1911’. An identical razor, belonging to another crew member, was was presented by the surviving steward F Dent Ray to the Titanic Historical Society in Massachusetts.

Mr Bennett described the objects as “remarkable pieces of history”, ideal for a Titanic fan, maritime collector or museum.

“This auction will be a fantastic opportunity to own something from one of the most beautiful and famous ships ever built,” he said.

The sale includes other notable nautical items, including an original lounge chair that was on the Lusitania, an ocean liner that was torpedoed by a German U Boat in 1915. The lounge chair was salvaged from the sea after the sinking by John Williams , director of Ensor’s Marine Salvage Company at Queenstown.

The auction catalog for the sale, which will take place on April 26 both in-house and online, is now available for viewing: www.bloomfieldauctions.co.uk