Saturday 3 December 2016

Steward's locker key from Titanic could fetch £50,000 at auction

Published 13/10/2016 | 12:21

A locker key from the Titanic belonging to deceased passenger Sidney Sedunary could fetch £35,000 at auction (Henry Aldridge & Son/PA)
A locker key from the Titanic belonging to deceased passenger Sidney Sedunary could fetch £35,000 at auction (Henry Aldridge & Son/PA)
Sidney Sedunary, whose small key for a locker on the Titanic is expected to be sold for up to 35,000 at auction in Devizes (Henry Aldridge & Son/PA)

A small key for a locker on the Titanic is expected to be sold for up to £50,000 at auction.

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The key was used by Sidney Sedunary, 23, from Shirley, Southampton, second third class steward on the doomed vessel.

Mr Sedunary was one of 1,500 passengers and crew who died when the passenger liner hit an iceberg in April 1912.

His body was later recovered and his possessions, including his pocket watch and the "exceptionally rare" key - with a brass tag stating Locker 14 F Deck - were sent to his pregnant wife, Madge.

Some items were donated to the Southampton Maritime Museum by Mr Sedunary's son Sidney but many remained in the family, including the corroded locker key.

It will now be sold by Titanic memorabilia specialists Henry Aldridge & Son, in Devizes, Wiltshire on October 22.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: "It is sold via direct descent and it is the first time it has ever been offered for auction.

"The significance of this key revolves around evidence given at the British inquiry by Steward John Hart. It shows Sedunary heroically working on F Deck on the very night of the sinking, even though it was flooded."

Mr Sedunary's son, who was born the following November and named after his father, gave the key to a family member visiting from Australia in 1981 together with some copper coins that were also found alongside the key.

Copies of a diary from the visit are included with the lot which mention the key, letters from Sid Sedunary Jnr and a letter from the vendor's mother confirming its provenance.

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