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17/02/2012 : Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers Auction

On Wednesday April 11th Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers will be holding a specialist maritime auction.

The auction will be held to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
One of the items to note that will be included in the auction is an important archive relating to Captain William Finch, O.B.E., R.N.R.


A Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society gold medal awarded whilst a lieutenant of the White Star liner “Cymric” when on February 3rd 1908 in latitude 42.17 north, longitude 62.46 west and during intensely dangerous seas rescued all 41 crew of the St. Cuthbert of Liverpool which was ablaze. The medal is set with a second service bar dated 19th August 1915 when as captain of the “Arabic” saved 385 passengers and crew out of a total of 432 when his ship was sunk without previous warning by a German submarine.

A Lifesaving Benevolent Association of New York medal inscribed “Presented to William Finch commander of the steamship “Cymric” in recognition of his humanity and seamanship in rescuing forty one persons from the burning steamship “Saint Cuthbert” during a heavy gale and high sea. February 3.1903. lat 42o 17’ long 62o 46’.”

A silver monteith with lion mask swing loop handles and spreading circular foot inscribed “Presented by the British Government to Lieutenant-Commander William Finch R.N.R., master of the steamship “Arabic”, of Liverpool, in recognition of his exemplary conduct when his vessel was torpedoed on the 19th August, 1915. An raised on an ebonised plinth. Hallmarked London 1914 (diameter 23cm, weight approx 34oz).

A large silver plated twin handled tea tray with foliate scroll raised gallery and similarly decorated main panel inscribed “Presented to Captain Wm Finch, Lieut R.N.R. Commander of the steamship “Cymric” by Rankin Gilmore & Co Ld. In Recognition of his services rendered in pursing Forty One of the crew SS Saint Cutherbert, lost by fire in the Atlantic 3rd February, 1908, 69cm x 42cm.

A Tiffany & Co silver pierced tazza of circular form inscribed “1891 F 1916”. Diameter 22cm, weight approx 16oz.

A 1914-18 Mercantile marine medal and a George V 1914-18 medal both inscribed “William Finch”.

A quantity of ephemera to include a photograph, alien seaman’s identification card, 1885 certificate of competency a framed and glazed award from the Humane Society of Massachusetts, and a quantity of letters from the White Star line, Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited, Royal Danish consulate, Oceanic Steam Navigation Company Limited etc.

Total Estimate: £8000-£12000.

If you have any maritime related items or anything relating to the Titanic we would love for you to bring them down for a valuation with a view to putting them into auction.

Some of the items you may have are:
• Ships models.
• Scrimshaw.
• Shell valentines.
• Marine paintings.
• Sextants, octants and other instruments.
• Flags and ensigns.
• Lanterns.
• Telescopes and binoculars.
• White Star Line ephemera.
• Labelled luggage.
• Ships wheels.
• Chronometers.
• Binnacles.
• Compasses.
• Maps and charts.
• Antique diving helmets and equipment.
• Arms and artillery.
• Ship and yacht furniture.
• Ship bridge telescopes.
• Ship clocks.
• Figureheads and ornamentation.
• Gears and fittings.

One of the items already entered into our maritime auction is an oil on board “Mauretania by the Liver buildings” by Robert G.Lloyd which has an estimate of £2000-£3000.

If you would like to bring any items in we hold a free valuation day every Wednesday between 9.30am and 5pm. We also provide a free home visit for a valuation. Please contact us on 0151 709 8070 if you have any questions.