Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Truly Titanic Auction Result

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Truly Titanic Auction Result

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FOR years Hilary Mee dusted it, moved it, sometimes wondered about it, but simply considered it one of the family's many accumulated antiques and oddities.

But it has now earned her an unexpected 25,000 British Pounds (about AU$38,000) because it's turned out to be the personal cigar box of the ill-fated liner Titanic's Captain Edward John Smith.

Mrs Mee and her husband, John, of Merseyside decided to ask auctioneer John Crane to value some of those antiques and collectables they'd picked up over the years, and it was the cigar box that particularly caught his attention especially with the White Star Line emblem carved into it, and the initials E J S in brass attached to the front of the humidor.

The Mee's knew little of the history of the walnut box, beyond it having been given to Hilary Mee's father by a family friend named Sarah

Auctioneer Crane's research found that aSaraha was Edward John Smith's widow, and had lived with her ill-fated husband at Stoke-on-Trent, just 65km from the Mee's in Merseyside. …

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