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The mirror and handwritten note
A mirror belonging to the captain of the ill-fated liner the Titanic is expected to fetch thousands when it goes up for auction in Lichfield. Captain Edward John Smith, from Stoke-on-Trent, went down with his ship after the vessel was hit by an iceberg during its maiden voyage in 1912. The silver-framed easel mirror, which sat on his dressing table at home, will be sold by Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ sale on 12th December. Included with the mirror is a small brown envelope containing a handwritten note explaining the item’s provenance. After his death, Captain Smith’s housekeeper Ethelwynne was invited to choose any one item of his property as a keepsake and in lieu of wages. The letter, which was penned by her sister-in-law Hilda, says that the housekeeper chose the silver mirror. Richard Winterton said: “The last time Captain Edward John Smith saw his own noble, bearded visage before leaving home to take the helm of the Titanic was possibly in this very mirror. “Captain Smith must have surveyed his own image in this mirror countless times. “Interest in the Titanic is as strong as ever. This mirror could fetch well in excess of £10,000 at auction.”

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