Titanic Violin Determined to Be Authenic

Jay Maxwell By Jay Maxwell, 16th Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies. - Napoleon Bonaparte

The Discovery of a Unique Artifact

ALEXA VALIENTE reports for Good Morning America: Bandmaster Wallace Hartley, 34, from Colne, Lancashire, died in the 1912 Titanic disaster and his brave and elegant playing amid the desperation of the doomed ship has become one of the central stories of the catastrophe. Can you just imagine such a selfless act, with no regard for your own safety amid all the hysteria? It is a mystery how the violin survived the wreck for all of these years. After much research, it was confirmed that the instrument was discovered strapped to Hartley's body enclosed in the leather case. As the story unfolds, it is believed that the son of an amateur musician made the historic find In 2006, while scavenging through his mother's things in the attic.

The violin was still protected in a leather case with the initials "W. H. H." - Supposedly, the violin was a gift from his mother's former violin instructor. The violin's owner, who is remaining anonymous, took the violin, along with jewelry from Hartley, to Aldrige and Son to inquire about its authenticity. The auction house has extensive experience with Titanic memorabilia.

The auction house staff looked at the instrument and decided that it warranted further investigation, according to media accounts. The auctioneers took the violin to the government's Forensic Science Service. Here it would undergo several years of tests. And who knew that this process took years? The owner could have died without ever knowing the history attached to his discovery. Forensic experts found conclusive evidence the corrosion deposits on it were compatible with immersion in sea water. Specialists used the corrosion deposits on items from other Titanic victims as a benchmark for comparison.

After such intriguing results that emerged from the forensic tests, a decision was made to call in a jewelry expert. One of the unique characteristics of this violin was an engraved silver plate, which states, "For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement from Maria." Historical research suggests that Maria Robinson gave a violin to Hartley in 1910 when the two became engaged.

Certainly this story becomes more captivating as the facts are revealed. One has to commemorate the memory of the bandmaster who appropriately played the hymnal "Nearer My God to Thee" during the ship's last moments. It is comprehensible why they are already being inundated with offers to buy. The story of the Titanic has gripped so many hearts that it will not be surprising if the final purchase price exceeds everyone's expectation. Not only is the discovery of the violin such an iconic piece that was on the ship, but it is an integral part of the Titanic's story. Now this has become a vital part of my life's story.


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I am endeavoring to become a freelance article writer for now. Recent studies include a freelance writer's article and blog course offered by Growth Education.

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