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Titanic Artifacts Tied To Clark County, Including Never-Before-Seen Gambling Chips, at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Inside Luxor Hotel and Casino

April 12, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Five rare artifacts, with direct ties to Clark County, recovered from RMS Titanic’s wreck site will go on display for a limited-time engagement at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside Luxor Hotel and Casino. These artifacts, which include gambling chips that have never before been on public display, will be installed on April 12 in recognition of the 105th anniversary of the Ship’s sinking (April 15). The artifacts belonged to first-class passengers Virginia Estelle McDowell Clark and Walter Miller Clark, who boarded the “Ship of Dreams” as a belated honeymoon trip – sadly, Virginia returned home as a widow.

Clark and his brother, U.S. Senator William Andrews Clark, built the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad to facilitate shipments between Los Angeles and Salt Lake. The midway point of the route was in Nevada, creating Las Vegas and later resulting in the naming of Clark County.

“The artifacts were found in a small travel bag, which is very fragile and in permanent residence at the Titanic Conservation Laboratory,” said Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for Premier Exhibitions, Inc. “It’s especially exciting when we can link specific artifacts to passengers of the Titanic as it is extremely rare, and we’re thrilled to be able to help tell the Clarks’ story through this special display.”

The display includes:

  • Gambling Chips: Never before been on public display, these gaming chips were recovered from inside a suitcase and appear to be made of horn.
  • 18-Carat Gold Locket Engraved with the Initials “VC”: The initials on this locket match those of first-class passenger Virginia Clark, who survived the sinking. The charm was found with other jewelry and toiletry items in the remnants of a small travel bag recovered in 1994.
  • Cuff Link Made of Ottoman Turkish Coins: This cuff link is comprised of two gold Turkish coins held together by a chain on the back. They are both 50 Kurush coins, which feature the image of the “tugra” or royal monogram of Sultan Abd al-Hamid (1842-1918).
  • Gold-Plated Toiletry Item: The insignia “SM,” possibly the initials of a Titanic passenger, is still visible on the lid of this little canister.
  • Brass Shaving Stick Canister: This stick canister still contains its original shaving soap inside.

Dedicated to preserving Titanic’s legacy, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes guests on an emotional journey through the life of the legendary ship. Along the way, visitors learn countless stories of heroism and humanity, paying tribute to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. with the last admission at 9 p.m. For more information and ticket prices, please visit

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