FEATURED ARTIFACTS

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Fox Head Pin

Many cultures attribute clever, wise, cunning, or wily traits to foxes. These animals appear often in stories and on jewelry, particularly jewelry for men. Made from a custom wax cast, this 14-karat yellow gold pin would complement a gentlemen’s outfit. Its etched fur and glass cabochon eyes make the fox head appear animated.

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Second Class Plate

Decorated with stylized flowers, this tableware reflected the middle-class sensibilities of Titanic’s second-class passengers. While still attractive, the decoration and quality of the pottery lack the refinement of first-class china.

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Rivets

Titanic was held together by more than 3 million rivets.

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Grand Staircase Cherub

This object is perhaps one of the most recognized in the collection of Titanic artifacts. This bronze cherub is missing its left foot which likely occurred when the cherub was ripped from the staircase post it adorned. Titanic's Grand Staircase was a favorite meeting place for first-class passengers. Each level of the staircase was decorated with inlaid wood and gilded ornaments like this bronze cherub that graced one of the upper landings.

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"On Mobile Bay" Sheet Music

Introduced around 1910, “On Mobile Bay” was composed by Charles N. Daniels with lyrics by Earle C. Jones and published by Jerome H. Remick and Co., a Detroit-based company. The song was very popular into the 1920s.

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Third Class Soup Bowl

This pattern of dishes was used for the Third Class and probably for the crew as well. Third-class china was open-stock, white pieces with the White Star Line logo printed in a single, red color, which eliminated the need for expensive hand decorating.

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Top Hat

Usually worn by the upper levels of society, the top hat in addition to being fashionable also indicated class. The silk collapsible version was popular in the Edwardian period for taking to the opera or on travels. This hat was made by well-known hatter, Herbert Johnson of London.

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Gladstone Bag

Numerous leather suitcases, wallets, pouches and bags were recovered from the debris field. The tanning process made leather inedible to microorganisms, thus affording a measure of protection to the contents. Almost all clothing, wood, and paper were recovered from inside leather receptacles, and protected from the harsh ocean-floor environment.

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First Class China

This expensive cobalt blue and gold china, provided by Spode China Ltd., was reserved for "elite" first-class passengers. The interlocking letters in the middle of the dinner plate spell out the initials of the White Star Line's official name: "The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company."

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Amy Bracelet

This exceptional bracelet was recovered in the Gladstone bag thought to have been in the purser’s possession. The band is constructed of 15-carat rose gold with an overlay of almost pure silver. The name of the owner “Amy” is written in script and set with diamonds. The owner has not been identified.

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Deck Bell

This bronze bell originally hung over Titanic’s crow’s nest (the lookout’s cage) on the foremast. It was used for warnings and alarms, as well as general time keeping. On April 14, Lookout Fredrick Fleet rang this bell three times, warning the bridge of an iceberg straight ahead.

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 Chandelier 

This chandelier is one of five recovered by RMS Titanic, Inc. The chandelier was electric and was located in the first-class Smoking Room. A fragment of an original light bulb can be seen in the arm on the far left.