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    A White Star Line Titanic-Era Oak Folding Child's Chair from the R.M.S. Majestic with a Three-Piece Sterling Silver Youth Flatware Set Purportedly from the Barber Shop of the RMS Titanic, early 20th century
    38-1/2 h x 20 w x 20 d inches (97.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm) (chair)
    7-5/8 inches long (19.4 cm) (knife)

    PROVENANCE:
    Bonhams, The Marine Sale, 1 May 2005, Lot 5050 (youth set)

    Property from the Estate of Charles Schalebaum Applied plaque to reverse crestrail: WHITE STAR LINE (logo), ROYAL & UNITED STATES MAIL STEAMERS, R.M.S. MAJESTIC;
    Applied plaque to footrest: WHITE STAR LINE (logo), ROYAL & UNITED STATES MAIL STEAMERS, PLEASE RETURN TO LOWER DECK SHIPS STORES WHEN NOT IN USE., R.M.S. MAJESTIC.

    The youth set comprising teaspoon, fork, and knife, with marks for Atkins Brothers, Sheffield, circa 1891-1892, marked to the handles with the Ocean Steamship Navigation Company monogram and later pictorial engraving to bowls and blade R.M.S. TITANIC Maiden Voyage, all housed in a fitted case.

    This youth set was purportedly purchased by George Bull, a chief clerk for the White Star Line, on April 6th 1912. According to Bull, these youth sets were intended to be sold in the First Class Barber Shop on board Titanic during her maiden voyage. Bull's wife was with child at the time of Titanic's voyage, and their daughter Gwendolen was born in August 1912. Bull purportedly had her name engraved on the knife blade, Gwendolen Clarissa Bull, and presented the set to her as a christening present.

    Historians have encountered recurrent controversy over George Bull, and what he did and did not remove from Titanic or acquired by other means at later times. While Bull was a White Star Line employee, his name does not appear on the official roster of Titanic's discharged crew (those who for one reason or another failed to board the ship or were not aboard when the accident occurred), and is known to have been of dubious character. The set's pattern is not congruent with flatware known to have been utilized by the ship's passengers.



    Condition Report*: Various areas of upholstery missing, some rusting to metal parts, other wear and scratching, wear to seat, errant age-related cracking, some nicking; Knife blade and handle appear to be married, set missing napkin ring, some rubbing and wear, wear to exterior of case, presentation engravings and pictorial engravings likely post-1912. 
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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