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Titanic rescuer’s gold Tiffany pocket watch on the auction

The watch presented to Captain Sir Arthur Henry Rostron (Henry Aldridge & Son)/Rostron (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A gold Tiffany pocket watch presented to the captain of the Titanic rescue ship Carpathia, is on the auction in the united kingdom

The watch was presented to Captain Sir Arthur Henry Rostron by the widows of John Jacob Astor, George Dunton Widener and John B. Thayer. The three wealthy businessmen were high-profile victims of the Titanic disaster. Their women were rescued by the Carpathia.

Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm the ship on 14 April 1912, and sank just over two hours later with the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Carpathia arrived on the scene of the disaster just hours after the Titanic is sinking and Captain Rostron and his crew rescued 705 survivors of the Titanic on 15 April 1912.

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Rostron was presented with the watch during a lunch at the Astor mansion in New York in May 1912. The watch is engraved: “Presented to Captain Rostron with the sincere gratitude and appreciation of the three survivors of the Titanic on 15 April 1912 Mrs. John B. Thayer, Mrs. John Jacob Astor, and Mrs. George D. Widener.”

(Henry Aldridge & Son)

The 18ct. gold watch has an enameled monogram “AH” on the opposite.

The rare artefact, which is a pre-sale estimate of $39,123 $65,205, will be auctioned by Henry Aldridge & Son on Oct. 20.

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More than 100 years after the Titanic is sinking, the disaster is still a source of fascination.

(Henry Aldridge & Son)

In 2016, the sextant used by Rostron sold for less than $97,000. A year earlier, a cup presented to the captain by Titanic survivor Molly Brown and the Carpathia captain sold for $200,000.

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