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Lot 236: R.M.S. TITANIC/BELFAST SHIPBUILDING: 18ct. Gold pocket watch that
Titanic & Travel Memorabilia
22 October 2016
Devizes, United Kingdom
Description: R.M.S. TITANIC/BELFAST SHIPBUILDING: 18ct. Gold pocket watch that was the personal property of Lord William James Alexander Pirrie, Chairman of Harland and Wolff, and one of the masterminds behind the Olympic Class, it is engraved W.J.A. Pirrie. Pirrie had a reputation for overseeing all elements of construction and it was together with J. Bruce Ismay, they conceived the idea of the Olympic Class of liners. The watch is fully hallmarked 1890 and made of 18ct. gold. It is quite likely that Lord Pirrie was wearing it during the period of Titanic's construction, possibly at the famous meeting of summer 1907 at Downshire House in Belgravia where the plans for Olympic, Titanic and Gigantic were first formulated. The watch carries a watchmaker's stamp for Robert Neill of Belfast, a very well respected Jeweller and watchmaker, together with the name of the retailer James Morrison. Provenance: Via direct descent. A rare opportunity to own a pocket watch owned by one of the most important figures in the story of the Titanic. It is likely that Pirrie wore the watch at Titanic's launch and possibly when he saw Titanic for the last time when she left Belfast.