While the cigar box that once belonged to the captain of the Titanic was sold at a Liverpool auction for £25,000, the Titanic Captain’s brass telescope still continues to have no new owner.
Discovered in an attic, the brass instrument is embossed with the name Edward John Smith, the captain of the ill-fated liner that went down in 1912. Found by auctioneer John Crane, the device had been offered for auction to fetch around £20,000 but nobody was successful at bidding at the reserve price.
John Crane discovered the brass scope when he was invited by a relative of Captain Smith to value items the ship commander owned. He was disappointed that the device has not found a new owner.
He was, however, quite pragmatic about the whole thing, declaring that people should be realistic about the price when selling anywhere, whether straight to an antique dealer or via online selling sites such as eBay and Amazon. Although the scope is from the Titanic, the bottom line is it still is a small piece of metal and putting a lofty reserve price for it makes it difficult to sell.
This is perfectly understandable because you can easily find a host of antique telescopes being sold anywhere for much, much less. What you can find online even come with solid wood boxes with inlaid brass trimmings that serve as housing.
People want what they invest in to be fully functional and to be equipped with working optics, with a decent magnification that enables them to see faraway objects. It is not enough that you have a decorative object. Buyers also want what they purchase to provide or demonstrate a good definition for brass telescope in reality.
There are plenty of gorgeous brass telescopes being sold everywhere that also extend and retract like the Titanic captain’s instrument. They ship with their own durable housing and are made of solid brass with an incredible antique finish. You can find different offerings varying between 4x to 12x magnification in top selling sites online.
Such items would look good on a bookshelf or desk.
There are also antique maritime spyglass scopes that are marketed as dating back to the 19th century. You might be interested in acquiring one that comes with an original leather covering and an interesting old, salty patina.
Their sellers claim the antique scopes still work well and are in superbly good condition, with a smooth-operating pull and no dents in them.
It can be difficult for the average seller to know the difference, but maritime and pirate navigation collectors might do better at telling whether they are getting the real deal.
Considering how the Titanic captain’s telescope was valued by an acknowledged auctioneer, it is up to the buyer to determine if the item is worth shelling out that much money to acquire.