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Recovered in our 2000 Expedition, this remarkable case contained 62 perfume vials (sample size) with their labels and outer protective metal cases. Some of the vials had broken and no longer contained any perfume.
Some of the perfume labels are legible and identify scents to be mixed into perfume: Carnation, Musk, Lily of the Valley, and Cashmere Bouquet, to name a few.
A partial metal case for a perfume vial is still visible on top row, second leather loop.
This case originally belonged to Adolphe Saalfeld, a perfume maker from Manchester, England. At the age of 47, Saalfeld boarded Titanic as a first-class passenger. He carried this leather satchel filled with his perfume samples onboard the Ship. At the time Titanic sailed, the American perfume business was booming: Saalfeld may have intended to his fragrances to fashion boutiques and department stores in New York, or in other major cities.
This drum, made of metal, copper and rubber, housed a mechanical timer that helped the boiler room crew shovel the correct amount of coal into the appropriate boiler furnace. The drum is branded with the words "Fire Furnace No." on the sides with an attached plaque that reads "KILROY’S PATENT STOKING INDICATORS EVERSHED & VIGNOLES LTD LONDON."
This pair of trousers in “pied de poule” or “Houndstooth” pattern was recovered from inside a leather bag with three pairs of pajamas, three jackets, two pairs of gloves, two vests, and five other pairs of pants.
The trousers have multiple water and iron stains and have suffered small losses overall. There is a back strap with buckle and a single buttoned pocket of white material on the back of the trousers.
Houndstooth was one of the most easily identifiable check patterns popular at the turn of the century. This weave is produced in a pattern of four light and four dark yarns in both warp and weft.
Unlike earlier ships, many staterooms onboard the Titanic were fitted with freestanding beds rather than less desirable built-in berths. This steel and brass bedpost is from one of the better first-class cabins.
Recovered in our 1994 Expedition, the bedpost is decorated with a bow atop a column covered with leaves. It appears to have been painted, as traces of the paint can be seem along the left side edge.
Along with the opulence of the Grand Staircase, First Class Dining Room, Verandah Café, and First Class Smoking Room, the rooms in which the first class passengers lodged were also decorated in high style. Decorative styles included: Empire, Louis XV, Regency, Queen Anne, Louis XIV, Italian Renaissance, and Georgian. First-class accommodations were located on decks A-E.
This beautiful silver chocolate pot was recovered in 1987 and painstakingly conserved to stabilize the silver surface. This pot is an amazing piece of Titanic history. It was used to serve hot drinks (chocolate and café au lait) in the first-class restaurants aboard Titanic.
The bottom is inscribed with “GOLDSMITHS & SILVERSMITHS COMPANY 112 REGENT STREET. W,” along with the White Star Line logo and the pattern number. This company, located in London, was also one of the silver suppliers for the Queen Mary. In addition to producing silver tableware, this firm also made other items, such as ceremonial swords for British Admirals
This amazing object was recovered on our first dive on Expedition 2000. The table is made of cast iron with a brass bolt through the center of the base that would have secured it to the floor, preventing tipping in rough seas. Each foot is carved in the shape of a lion’s head. Originally located in the Second Class Smoking Room, it would have had an oak table top.
The Second Class Smoking Room was located on the Bridge Deck and was a “male-only” smoking area. Decorated overall in paneled oak and dark green Moroccan leather, the Second Class Smoking Room also had a bar for spirits and a lavatory.
White Star Line Titanic Artifacts:
Larger buttons like these were applied to heavy overcoats, whereas somewhat smaller buttons, also recovered from the wreck site, were probably from a jacket or vest of a deck officer, steward, or purser.
Although G. Miller & Sons manufactured these specific buttons, several different companies made uniform buttons. White Star Line did not supply its officers with uniforms; officers purchased their own uniforms from approved uniform supply shops.
In 1912, G. Miller & Sons were located in Bedford, England, near London, Oxford, and Cambridge. They were known for keeping a superior stock of well-selected goods, including “Tweeds, Serges, and Scotch and West of England cloths.”