This is the only piece of onboard Cunard crystal ever recovered from the wreck of RMS Carpathia and as such, is a unique maritime artefact.
RMS Carpathia, Cunard Line, maiden voyage May 5th, 1903; sunk July 15th, 1918. Salvaged third class colourless glass carafe with ground pontil mark to the underside. Images of this type of carafe can be seen in images of the third-class ladies sitting and smoke rooms, 'The Syren and Shipping', vol. XXVI, no. 332, January 7th 1903. Unmarked with later ink accession number. Approx. h. 7", dia. 4.5".
Note: Recovered on September 2th 2007, dive twenty, by the Achilles rover at lat. 49º 22.083' N, long. 10º 41.669' W by an ROV basket. Accession number 07/0095. A conservation/condition report and certificate of authenticity will accompany this lot. Provenance: May 2001, Premier Exhibitions, Inc. acquired ownership of the wreck of the Carpathia, which was sunk by a German torpedo during World War I off the coast of Ireland; February 2007, RMS Titanic, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., transferred those ownership rights to Seaventures ltd.; August 2007, by previous agreement with Seaventures ltd., Premier Exhibitions, Inc. conducted a scientific research and recovery expedition to the Carpathia, during which this object was recovered and subsequently conserved.
RMS Carpathia was best known as the ship that rescued 705 survivors from the shipwreck of RMS Titanic.
Artifact has been professionally conserved; overall scratches; fracture in glass near bottom edge; later ink accession number.