Memorabilia is on sale again.
Hat worn by Titanic lookout up for grabs
By Steve Hayes 05/01 Updated: 11/01 11:21
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TITANIC memorabilia including an historic item of headwear is being offered for sale at a museum near Stratford.
A cap worn by the lookout who first spotted the iceberg and survived the sinking of the legendary ship in 1912 is the star item at the first of a series of monthly sales fairs on Sunday January 15 at the the Armouries museum at Pathlow.
The cap belonging to Frederick Fleet, who was one of the two lookouts on the doomed vessel, is expected to fetch as much as £50,000. At auction in 1965 the hat fetched £225.
It is being sold by Worcester militaria dealer Conrad Chin-See who has owned the hat for the past 15 years, but who is now selling with interest in the Titanic higher than ever with the 100th anniversary of the disaster on April 15.
Mr Chin-See is also selling a rare memorial scroll, sold at newstands ion the days after the sinking to help raise money for the survivors, which is expected to fetch £500, and also a front page of the Northern Echo newspaper, estimated at around £150.
Among a host of Second World War memorabilia being sold at the sale is a copy of Reach for the Sky, the life story of Douglas Bader signed by eight Spitfire pilots.
But there will plenty on offer for people without such deep pockets, with militaria, such as medals, books, and weaponry, and aviation items, on offer starting from just a few pounds.
Organiser, Nicholas Milton, said: "There will be something for everyone at these fairs from those who simply want to come along to look to serious collectors."
"2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic so we anticipate there will be a lot of interest in these items.
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I remember seeing a list from a town in Mayo where 15 people from the one town who had sold up to go to America were casualties.
Thats a bit different to millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim & his ladyfriend who were also passengers.
I know very little about the Titanic, the movie put me off, and I would be really interested in knowing more but from an Irish angle.