Titanic bandmaster’s violin authenticated
A century after the most famous maritime disaster in history, the violin which belonged to Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster on the ill-fated Titanic, has been authenticated.
Auctioneer houseÂ Henry Aldridge & Sons has spent the last seven years, not to mention enormous amounts of money, determining the origin of the water-stained instrument.
When the violin was first brought to the auction house, all were skeptical. Â Documents have since been located which show that Mr. Hartley was found withÂ the violin strapped to himself in a large leather valise. Â The instrument was given to his fiancee and eventually wound up with the Salvation Army, then a violin teacher, before being brought to Henry Aldridge & Sons.
It is to be put on display less than a mile from where the Titanic was built.