Two rare R.M.S Carpathia Medals awarded for the rescue of Titanic survivors are headed to auction.
Charles Miller Ltd’s auction and sale is open to all and is a unique opportunity to see and buy some of the rare, curious and historic items that will be coming under the hammer next month in London.
The forthcoming sale includes fascinating items relating to Titanic, Nelson, and Shackleton.
Two extremely rare R.M.S Carpathia Medals – one in bronze and one in silver - awarded for the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic are estimated to fetch £4,000-6,000 and £3,000-5,000 respectively when offered for auction in London next month. Inscribed ‘Presented to the Captain, Officers & Crew of R.M.S Carpathia, in recognition of gallant & heroic services from the survivors of the S.S Titanic, April 15th, 1912’. The bronze one is engraved ‘J.J.K Q.M’ – making it even more rare. J.J.K refers to J.J Kirkpatrick – who was known to his crew members as Benjamin and was born in Liverpool. He was just 21 years when made a Quarter Master on the Carpathia and it is believed that he was the man ’at the wheel’ on the fateful night of the sinking and under the orders of Captain Rostron, steered the “gallant little Carpathia” through random ice-flows to reach the disaster scene. It is also recorded that Carpathia’s carpenter, David Eaton, pried the nameplate off Titanic’s lifeboat no.4 and subsequently gave it to Kirkpatrick as a memento.
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Medals given to the Titanic rescuers plus document signed by Nelson to be auctioned by Charles Miller
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