Las Vegas CBS KXNT- The allure of the Titanic never seems to fade. A new display of recovered jewelry has been added to the ongoing “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at the Luxor.
The 15 pieces were discovered together in a leather bag at the bottom of the north atlantic, in the debris field of sunken oceanliner. Only one of the pieces has been positively linked to its owner –a small gold pocketwatch belonged to a 60-year-old hotelier from South Africa.
Another piece suggests intruiging ownership, says Claudia Balfe-Taylor, who’s worked for 5 years with the Exhibition. A necklace with gold nuggets dangling from the chain may have belonged to Margaret Brown, the Titanic survivor who later became famous as the title character of the musical film, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
Brown was the wife of a Colorado mining millionaire. The movie gives a rags-to-riches account of their life in Denver’s wealthy society after having grown up with nothing, and portrays her as an inspiration to the other passengers at sea with her in one of the Titanic’s lifeboats.
Brown and the Titanic’s other wealthy passengers were encouraged to keep their jewelry and cash in the purser’s safes on the ship. Experts theorize that when the order came to abandon ship, the pursers emptied the safes into leather bags, with the intention of sorting out the contents and returning the valuables to the owners once everyone was safe on shore.
The bag containing the exhibit items was recovered in 1987.