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These are four different 1954 magazine advertisements for Duff Gordon Cream Sherry imported by Munson G. Shaw Co., Inc. New York, NY
--Sir Cosmo Edmund Duff Gordon, 5th Baronet DL (22 July 1862 – 20 April 1931) was a prominent Scottish landowner and sportsman, best-known for the controversy over his conduct at the time of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In 1772 his family had founded the Duff Gordon sherry bodega in Spain, which still produces high-quality fortified wines.
As a sportsman, Duff Gordon was particularly noted as a fencer, representing Great Britain at the 1906 Summer Olympics, winning silver in the team épée event. Duff Gordon is best known, however, for the circumstances under which he survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, along with his wife and her secretary, Laura Mabel Francatelli. The three of them were among only 12 people in Lifeboat #1, whose capacity was 40. Criticism after the disaster suggested that he had boarded the emergency boat in violation of the "women and children first" policy, that the boat had failed to return to rescue those struggling in the water, and that his offer of five pounds to each of the lifeboat's crew might be viewed as a bribe to keep their distance from those still in the water. Duff Gordon died in 1931, a recluse.