A pocket watch rescued from the wreckage of the Titanic expected to fetch more than $20,000 (£15,728) when it goes under the hammer this month.
The timepiece belonged to Sinai Kantor, 34, from Vitebsk, Russia, was hoping to start a new life in America when his life was tragically cut short after the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic, on April 12, 1912.
Sinai and his wife Miriam paid £26 for ticket No 244367 and were among 285 Second-Class passengers, having boarded the ship together in Southampton, England.
Following the collision, Miriam was ushered on to lifeboat 12, one in which men were prohibited from entering because of a “women and children first” protocol for loading lifeboats.
Roughly 30 passengers were in the lifeboat when it was lowered off the port side, but survivors made room for about 30 more.
According to official reports, it was the last boat to reach the rescue ship RMS Carpathia after 8am.
The watch bears Hebrew letters as numerals on its face and Moses holding the Ten Commandments on the back — but the salt water has rusted its hands and movement.
In late August, the watch will be auctioned off at Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction in Dallas, Texas.