Tue, 3rd Nov 2015 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Encounter')

  Lot 105


a silver-gilt and enamel mounted presentation...

Sold for £1,984
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500

(Please note the sold price includes buyer's premium at 24%)

Condition report
Fine overall condition.

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a silver-gilt and enamel mounted presentation album for the maiden voyage of the Hamburg-Amerika Line's S.S. Amerika, 1905
the first few pages with 14 mainly 6 x 8in. photographs showing the launch and some fitted interiors; nine watercolour caricatures of principal personnel aboard with captions, each monogrammed 'AD', four pages of German and English press cuttings; passenger list; concert party programme and manuscript menu from the 'Ritz Carlton', gilt-edged card pages bound within substantial blue calf boards with watered-silk lining, silver gilt corners hallmarked for London 1905-06, an enamelled House pennant, and banner title reading Souvenir of Maiden Voyage of / S.S. "AMERIKA" / Oct. 10th to Nov 5th, 1905 -- 15 x 11¾in. (38 x 30cm.)

Provenance: Believed to have been owned by the Chief Steward.

Built for the Hamburg-Southampton-Cherbourg-New York service by Harland & Wolff Ltd and registered at 22,623 gross tons, Amerika was, for a year, the largest ship in the world until the Cunarder's Mauretania and Lusitania eclipsed her. In 1912 she collided with the British submarine B2 with the loss of 15 lives. Interned on the outbreak of War, she was seized by the US Government in 1917 and fitted as a troopship - a year later she collided with, and sank, the British cargo ship Instructor with the loss of 16. Post-War she was absorbed into the United States Lines with an Anglicized name and resumed passenger work. Laid up from 1931, she was re-converted to her troopship role in 1941 for the War. In 1951 she was laid up as a Government reserve ship before being broken up in 1958.