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Historic pocket watch up for bids
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 17, 2018 12:01AM

Another piece of Titanic history, a silver pocket watch, is going on the auction block Aug. 25 in Dallas, Texas, and is expected to fetch $20,000 or more. It is pictured, courtesy of Heritage Auctions (

The watch was owned by Russian immigrant Cenai Kantor, who was on the ship with his wife, Miriam. She survived the sinking in lifeboat No. 12; Cenai did not. When his body was found, clothed only in his underwear, it was shipped to his widow in New York.

Miriam went to the Legal Aid Society, who helped track down the rest of his clothes and effects, including: a “Russian passport, notebook, assortment of money from Russia, Germany and England, wallets, telescope, corkscrew, silver watch and strap.”

Titanic tidbit: The great-grandson of Astoria’s namesake, John Jacob Astor IV, also died when the “unsinkable” ship went down.


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