A delicate pair of cotton gloves, a man’s left shoe; seemingly mundane items such as these are just a few of the artifacts that piece together the stories of passengers who traveled aboard the ill-fated Titanic.
Seven paper and textile items, some of the “rarest Titanic artifacts ever recovered,” will be on display for the last time at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, beginning April 15. The items will be displayed alongside the casino's permanent collection of Titanic artifacts before they are returned to a conservation faculty in July.
While there are hundreds of glass, metal and ceramic items from the wreck site, textiles and paper items are fairly rare, in part because they deteriorate quickly in the ocean, according to Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for Premier Exhibitions Inc.
“The paper or textile items that were recovered survived because they were inside suitcases,” Klingelhofer said. “The tanned leather of the suitcases tended to protect them."
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