Titanic Jewelry Collection, Round Man-made Crystal And Enamel Gold Tone Violin Brooch. Measures Approximately 3 3/16"l X 7/8"w With A Joint And Pinstem Closure.
This brooch is modeled after the violin that was played by the Titanic's bandmaster, Wallace Hartley. In 2006, an un-named man found the instrument in a leather suitcase in the attic of his mother, who was the bandmaster's fiancee. The historic violin was on display at the Titanic Museum and is now being held at Belfast City Hall, where the Titanic was built. The original piece is awaiting auction, predicted to fetch over 600,000.
The ship's 8-member orchestra boarded in Southampton & travelled 2nd class. Until the night of the sinking, the orchestra performed as two separate entities, but came together after the ship began to sink. Hartley led the band as they voluntarily played music to calm the passengers for as long as they possibly could, eventually perishing with the ship. One passenger said, "Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame."
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