Among the hundreds of artifacts on display in Sears Presents Titanic: The New Exhibition there are many spectacular never-before-seen items, including some from a dive to the Titanic in 2000.  Guests can see perfume samples that were being transported to New York on Titanic and an inspection card for a passenger originally booked to travel on the Majestic.  The card shows Majestic crossed out and replaced with the name of the doomed Titanic.

In addition to a part of the wheel from Titanic’s bridge, brass letters from a sign spelling “C deck”, garland that once decorated Titanic’s Grand Staircase, a toilet from the lavatory of a first-class state room and many, many more fascinating treasures, visitors will come face-to-face with the 15-ton “Big Piece,” the largest piece of Titanic ever recovered.

Sears Presents Titanic: The New Exhibition presents these artifacts among spectacular recreations of life aboard Titanic, including spectacular recreations of the ship’s Verandah Café, promenade deck and the bridge. 

Marion Meanwell booked passage on Titanic’s maiden voyage when a coal strike delayed her scheduled trip on the Majestic.  Her inspection card shows Majestic crossed out and replaced with the name of the doomed Titanic.  Marion Meanwell did not survive.

Veranda Cafe Window
This frame was once mounted in the windows of the Titanic's Veranda Cafes.

Different stories exist explaining why Howard Irwin, a man traveling to New York with his friend Henry Sutehall, did not board Titanic on the morning of April 10, 1912.  What is known is that Sutehall did board the ship, bringing Irwin’s trunk along expecting to meet him later.  Irwin’s trunk was recovered from the sunken Titanic.  Henry Sutehall did not survive.

Men's Shoes

Telegraph Top
Orders between the Titanic's Bridge and Engine Room were transmitted by means of clock-like devices called ship's telegraphs.

Men's Toiletries
These samples represent "high end" beauty aids of the period.
These brass letters spell "C dec" and were originally located in the first class grand staircase to direct passengers to the C level. The "k" was never recovered. This artifact has never been on public display.

Foremast Running Light
This brass running light was originally mounted high on the Titanic's foremast to warn ships of her presence.

Storerooms on Titanic were lit up through the use of small prism skylights mounted in the deck.

Adolphe Saalfeld was a perfume maker from Manchester, England. At the age of 47, he boarded Titanic as a first-class passenger. He carried with him a leather satchel filled with perfume samples. At the time Titanic sailed, the American perfume market was booming. He may have planned to sell his perfumes to fashion boutiques and department stores in New York and other major cities. Adolphe Saalfeld survived the sinking but left his samples behind. Of the 65 vials that Saalfeld packed in his luggage, 62 have been recovered. These perfume vials have never been on public display.

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