"Someone mentioned a vial of titanic rust- I was the staff coordinator and historian on site at the Titanic exhibit in St Paul in 1999, and we put Big Piece and mooring bitts rust into about 1000 glass vials"
Tarn, is this the vial of rust that were given out? If so I could use a bit of assistance.
My rarest item?? That's a tough one. It's probably my carpet scrap that was removed from Titanic by steward Frederick Dent Ray while the ship was being fitted out in Belfast.
I'm lucky to have many other wonderful items in my collection such as a piece of curtain trim from Titanic's first class staterooms. This piece was once owned by Steve Santini! It's quite an honor to now have it in my collection.
I don't really have any especially rare or valuable items, but the most important to me in my collection would be my copy of the illustrated edition of A Night to Remember by Walter Lord, among some others- they previously belonged to an old woman who had been a member of the Titanic HIstorical Society for many years and was very passionate about Titanic. She passed away last fall, and her husband sold most of her older Titanic books to me.
Your rust collection looks more like a bowl of rust than a vial- But the color and consistancy looks the same- thougn the rust we put in the vials was more of a powedery than solid bits....The vials were perhaps finger length- basic scientific vials, with a rubber stopper- and we added lables 'Rust from the RMS titanic, St Paul MN 1999). We gave these to our dedicated corps of 800 plus volunteers- the rust was vacumed off the flatbed truck that transported the Big piece as well as the discarded burst tank that once held the Mooring bits- all that rust was to have been hosed off or discarded- why not make good use and give it away to our volunteers? Otherwise the rust woulkd have gone down the drain....
I too have a small collection of postcards from 1912 some are blank on the back and some have been written on with postmarks stamped on them. Authenticity has always peaked my curiosity. Is there any way to tell the real ones from the fake ones???