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Titanic captain's haunted mirror up for auction


Posted on Tuesday, 20 November, 2018 | Comment icon 15 comments

Smith (right) aboard the Titanic before its untimely demise. Image Credit: Francis Browne
A mirror that reportedly belonged to Captain Edward John Smith is expected to fetch over $12,000.
The historic keepsake was left on the captain's dressing table at his home in Stoke-on-Trent, England when the ill-fated vessel embarked on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic back in 1912.

It was later taken by one of his servants - a maid named Ethelwynne - in leiu of the wages she was owed. According to a letter penned by her sister-in-law Hilda however, the mirror had taken on something of a life of its own and the captain's image would often appear in the glass.

"She [Ethelwynne] always spooked me when she said that at times, she could still see Captain Smith's face in it on the anniversary of when the Titanic was sunk," Hilda wrote.

The mirror is set to be sold for a sizable sum at Richard Winterton Auctioneers in December.

"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," said auctioneer Richard Winterton.

"Even with one's feet firmly on land and in the sunshine of a clear afternoon, there is something otherworldly about seeing your own reflection in such an object."

Source: myjoyonline.com | Comments (15)

Tags: Titanic, Captain

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then on 21 November, 2018, 2:53
Thanks for posting this.  It's wonderful to get the truth.
Comment icon #7 Posted by freetoroam on 21 November, 2018, 4:19
How much!?! That is ridiculous, it is only a mirror and whats with the haunted bit? Why would he possibly be showing up in that mirror,  He was born in Stoke-on-Trent, and actually left home at 17 and headed to Liverpool where he became an apprentice, he sailed many a ship and spent much of his time at sea,  when he married he lived in Hampshire.  His mother lived in Cheshire where Smith intended to be buried one day, but his body was never found.  There were no memorials for him in stoke on trent although now they have a plague, but this mirror was not in his home as the article says, because... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 21 November, 2018, 4:30
Comment icon #9 Posted by AllPossible on 21 November, 2018, 4:34
All I hear is Celion Dion in the background
Comment icon #10 Posted by freetoroam on 21 November, 2018, 4:38
You are not putting in a bid for this mirror.then,  which was not actually in his home because he was not living in Stoke on trent then and i guess they saying its haunted has not tempted you?  Wise man. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by rashore on 21 November, 2018, 5:08
What a lovely mirror. The frame looks like good silver and the mirror is good condition. Considering it’s providance of the ownership I wonder how much it would fetch without the haunting. I know nothing about the market for such over there. And I am a bit curious why Ethelwynne chose that object. I imagine it could have fetched a nice price back then too. The haunting part is fun too. I wonder if this topic will turn up again in April.
Comment icon #12 Posted by freetoroam on 21 November, 2018, 16:55
The story still does not make sense,  He did not live in Stoke on trent at that time. My point is , was it actually his or more than likely his mothers    
Comment icon #13 Posted by little_dreamer on 21 November, 2018, 19:15
At my age, all mirrors are haunted.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Tatetopa on 25 November, 2018, 19:22
I betcha the Fruit of the Looms that Elvis wore on the Ed Sullivan show would bring in twice that much among the right circle of fans.  And if they were haunted too, the sky's the limit!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Torviking on 17 December, 2018, 23:01
I live about a mile from where EJ Smith lived and about 5 mins walk from where J Bruce  Ismay lived. He used to have a spyglass out of his window and then got to Liverpool city centre and bollock the captains if they were late, nice guy.


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