An evening dinner menu for first class passengers onboard the Titanic could sell for up to £60,000 at an auction this weekend.
The dinner – which included oysters, tornados of beef, spring lamb and mallard duck – was served on the evening of April 11 1912 after the liner left Cobh, originally named Queenstown, in Co Cork for New York during its fateful maiden voyage.
More than 1,500 passengers and crew died when the Belfast-built Titanic struck an iceberg on the evening of April 14 and sank the following day.
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The 6.25ins x 4.25ins menu bears an embossed red White Star Line burgee and would have originally shown gilt lettering depicting the initials OSNC (Ocean Steamship Navigation Company) alongside the lettering RMS Titanic.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: “The latter shows signs of water immersion having been partially erased, the reverse of the menu also clearly displays further evidence of this.
“This would point to the menu having been subjected to the icy North Atlantic waters on the morning of April 15 either having left the ship with a survivor who was exposed to those cold sea waters or recovered on the person of one of those lost.
“Having spoken to the leading collectors of Titanic memorabilia globally and consulted with numerous museums with Titanic collections we can find no other surviving examples of a First-Class April 11 dinner menu.
“The menu is a remarkable survivor from the most famous Ocean liner of all time.”
Among the first class passengers onboard the Titanic was multi-millionaire John Jacob Astor, millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff Gordon and socialite Molly Brown.
The menu was discovered in a photo album from the 1960s after the passing of the late Len Stephenson by his daughter and son-in-law. Mr Stephenson was a keen historian of his hometown Dominion in Nova Scotia and collected and preserved many records.
The menu is estimated to sell for between £50,000 and £60,000 when it goes under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire this Saturday, November 11.
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