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Pocketwatch owned by victim of Titanic disaster expected to fetch more than $10k as it goes under the hammer

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A Pocket Watch owned by one of the Titanic’s unfortunate passengers, is set to go up for auction in Texas.

Expected to go for around $12,500 including the buyer’s premium, the watch will go under the hammer at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

The watch is a 3″ diameter open-face pocket watch, Swiss-made, featuring the original movement.


The numerals on the dial are in Hebrew while the back cover has an embossed design showing Moses holding the ten commandments.

The movement, along with the hands, are nearly all rusted away with further discoloration to the dial, a result of its immersion in saltwater.

The watch was the property of Cenai Kantor, a Russian immigrant who took passage on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic in April 1912. He was traveling to New York with his wife, Miriam, who survived the sinking when she managed to secure a place in a lifeboat.

The watch is sold with a Letter of Provenance from the consignor, a descendant of Mr. Kantor, along with copies of letters issued in the aftermath of the tragedy, sent to Miriam Kantor.

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