Aldridge Auction: marconigram sent to the Carpathia by Guglielmo Marconi

R.M.S. TITANIC: One of the rarest and finest Titanic related telegrams known, described by the late Ken Schultz as "an exceptional piece of history".
A handwritten lot0245-0 on April 18th at 3.15am "Wire your news dispatches immediately to 'MSC' or to Navy boats if this impossible ask Captain give reason why no news allowed to be transmitted Guglielmo Marconi". Marconi gave lengthy evidence to the US Senate enquiry denying he attempted to communicate with the Carpathia but later admitted when he was recalled by the enquiry that he sent one telegram, this one.

US Senate Inquiry
Day 10
Testimony of Guglielmo Marconi, having been recalled to the stand.

Senator SMITH.
You were sworn a day or two ago, Mr. Marconi. I asked you, when you were on the stand before, whether you had sent any messages to the Carpathia during her voyage from the scene of this catastrophe to New York, and I recall your reply. Would you like to correct it;

Mr. MARCONI.
Yes, sir.

Senator SMITH.
Please do so.

Mr. MARCONI.
I said that I had not sent any message, as far as I could remember, to the Carpathia, during her voyage to New York with the survivors of the Titanic.

On my return to New York, after having testified, I found that I had sent one message to the Carpathia.

Senator SMITH.
Have you that message;

Mr. MARCONI.
I immediately wrote a letter to you, Senator, stating the fact and enclosing the message.

Senator SMITH.
Is that the message (handing Mr. Marconi a telegram);

Mr. MARCONI.
This is the message, and a confirmation of the Siasconset Station.

Senator SMITH.
Please read the message, giving the date, hour, to whom addressed, and all other contents.

Mr. MARCONI.
It was transmitted on April 18, 1912, at 1 a. m., to Cowden, Marconi station, Siasconset, Mass.:

Send following immediately; advise us delivery stop.

Which means full stop.

Wire news dispatch immediately to Siasconset (MSC) or to Navy boats. If this impossible, ask captain give reason why no news allowed to be transmitted.

GUGLIELMO MARCONI

The marconigram is framed and glazed and also includes a coloured print of Marconi from Vanity Fair.

Provenance Ex. Ken Schultz collection.

Lot 245 : http://www.henry-aldridge.co.uk/catalogues/ss180415/lot0245.html

R.M.S. TITANIC: First Class passenger Mabel Francatelli private secretary to Lady Duff-Gordon

Another interesting lot at the upcoming auction:
lot0241-0R.M.S. TITANIC: First Class passenger Mabel Francatelli. A fascinating letter from Mattison, Davey and Rader of New York to Miss Francatelli dated April 17th, 1956. Miss Francatelli, private secretary to Lady Duff-Gordon, considered that after many years of having to tolerate false allegations, slurs, untruths and many inaccuracies, made by the press and media, mainly aimed towards her former employers, Lady Duff-Gordon and Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, she contemplates taking legal action against the publishers of 'A Night to Remember' and the author Walter Lord for libel and defamation.

This was as a result of extracts taken from the book and subsequently published in Readers Digest of January 1956, a copy of which is included in the lot. Francatelli has underlined and squared off a section of the volume that she considered to be inaccurate and untruthful. On page 160 she is first mentioned, together with her employers Lady Duff-Gordon and Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, and whereby Sir Cosmo apparently asked Officer Murdoch if they could get into Lifeboat 1. On page 166 she has underlined and squared off the paragraph which reads "As the sea closed over the Titanic, Lady Duff-Gordon remarked to secretary, there is your beautiful night dress gone". On page 169 she has squared off which reads as "Lady Duff-Gordon's efforts to console her secretary on the loss of her nightgown, and that Fireman Pusey said 'Never mind', you can get more, but we have lost our kit and the company won't replace it, what's more, out pay stops from tonight." To end the discussion Sir Cosmo spoke out "Very well, I will give each seaman here a fiver to start a new kit." He did too but lived to regret it. The Duff-Gordons near monopoly of boat 1, and its failure to row back, gave the gift the look of a payoff that Sir Cosmo had a hard time living down.

In his reply to Francatelli, also known as Frankie, to her recent address in Hyde Park, London, W2 he had written in paragraph 3 that he had spoken to several people regarding the criticism of the book A Night to Remember based on the Titanic disaster and that if there were parts that were considered to be 'untruthful' then they took the view that she may have been 'slandered' by this publication and should seek monetary redress from the London Daily Mail but not against the American publisher and the author Walter Lord. He mentioned in paragraph 4 that a friend had told him that the television and movie rights based on the book version had apparently been sold and the television version from the book had been produced in New York and given wide publicity. He further mentioned to her that she had been mentioned several times in the book regarding the loss of her nightdress, in which he took the view that it was 'tripe' because one could not think of such a thing when Titanic was sinking. In paragraph 7 he mentioned that she should have found a ghost writer to cover her experiences of the Titanic disaster and that he would have financed the project as she could have earned a considerable sum of money from such a publication. A fascinating piece of Duff-Gordon related material.

Very Rare Titanic Deck Chair up for auction April 18 2015

BN_TitanicDeckchair_04.jpgTitanic deckchair one of only seven deck chairs known to exist

Provenance: Property of a Private Collector. Oral history of recovery by C.S. Mackay-Bennett. Detailed provenance letter, Steve Santini (2012).

Extremely rare original Titanic deck chair, measuring approximately 37.75 x 22.5 x 54, one of only seven still known to exist. The chair displays expected wear, and its caned seat is mostly present although a center portion is broken with some loss of cane (this could have occurred on impact with the water but is more likely the result of use since the time of recovery). There is some evidence of minor repairs throughout consistent with the entry in the Mackay-Bennett’s logbook relating to repairs made by a carpenter. The lower portion of the chair is imprinted, “Made By R. Holman & Co. Boston Mass. USA.” The lot is accompanied by a detailed letter of authenticity from renowned Titanic author, curator and deck chair authority Steve Santini.

This Titanic deck chair shows signs of having been repaired in a few areas where it suffered breakage during the sinking. These repairs were likely made by the carpenter of the Mackay Bennett as the ships log makes mention of the carpenter repairing Titanic deck chairs a few days after the vessel made port in Halifax, Nova Scotia). The seat appears to have been re-caned (Circa 1912), and the entire upper surface of the chair has been coated in a varnish or stain post sinking. The underside of the chair retains a grayish, weathered wood appearance most likely caused from the chair being exposed to salt sea water prior to recovery by the Mackay-Bennett. In the summer of 2012 this Titanic deck chair was featured in the “Titanic: Unsinkable Passion” exhibit presented at The Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton, Ontario, Canada, and it has appeared on television in numerous countries including Norway, Finland, Denmark, Australia, and New Zealand. From the Titanic Concepts Inc. collection.

Titanic baker Charles Joughin claimed to have thrown at least 50 deck chairs into the water to act as flotation devices. Many more must have been strewn about as the ship slipped beneath the waves. Frederick Hamilton, a crewman aboard the body recovery vessel, Mackay-Bennett, recorded in his personal diary on April 21, 1912, that “The ocean is strewn with a litter of woodwork, chairs, and bodies.” The official logbook of the Mackay-Bennett records the recovery of multiple deck chairs from the Titanic wreckage over a period of several days, as well as their repair by the ship’s carpenter, suggesting that some of them were intended to be made functional again.

Deck chairs aboard the great liners represented the epitome of luxury and opulence. Passengers would relax, sometimes covered with a blanket while attended to by the deck stewards. On Titanic, first and second class passengers had the opportunity to reserve their chairs for the voyage, upon which a name card would be inserted into a special metal frame affixed for this purpose to some of the chairs, such as the chair offered here. Although the deck chairs were made of wood (beech), usually with caned seats, they were quite comfortable. Designed to a full body length with a headboard and foot rest, some of Titanic’s deck chairs ultimately made their way to porches in Nova Scotia homes where they were brought ashore by the recovery ships.

The deck chairs used by White Star Line, Titanic’s parent company, came in different styles and configurations, all of which were unique to that line. They were generally interchangeable between the company’s ships but, in some respects, were also unique to certain vessels. For example, most of the chairs made for White Star had stars carved into their headrests. Titanic was the one known exception as some of its deck chairs, while similar in every other respect to other chairs in use, did not contain a star. This is thought to be attributable to a furniture company in Boston, R. Holman & Co., simply not having the punch tool used to provide the outline for the star, unlike those produced by the British furniture firms under contract to the line. The Holman company existed for a brief period, opening in 1909, and is believed to have manufactured a relatively small run of deck chairs destined for Titanic as there were simply not enough chairs in the line’s existing stores to accommodate that much new deck space! The chair offered here is one of that small run, and is a close match to the Holman chairs prominently pictured in a photo taken on the decks of Titanic on April 11, 1912, in Queenstown Ireland. Provenance: The Steve Santini Collection.
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