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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 512

    BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION (1910-1913) - GEORGE P. ABBOTT (1887-1923)
    A WOLSEY KNITTED WOOL BALACLAVA

    CIRCA 1910

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    BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION (1910-1913) - GEORGE P. ABBOTT (1887-1923)
    A WOLSEY KNITTED WOOL BALACLAVA
    CIRCA 1910
    The interior with additional black woollen patches sewn in as extra protection for the ears, with face aperture and two side flaps, with cotton label 'THE WOLSEY UNSHRINKABLE'


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    Petty Officer George Abbott was the senior seaman in Scott's Northern Party, responsible for many of the manual tasks. He emerges from his own, and other accounts, as a cheerful, practical and adaptable worker - in many ways typical of the spirit of Scott's last expedition. During the Northern Party's bitter winter in the ice cave at Inexpressible Island, however, it was perhaps Abbott who suffered the most: a slippery pocket knife, used in the desperate butchering of a seal in the depths of the winter when supplies were running out, deprived him of the use of three fingers in his right hand. The psychological toll was even greater, and he suffered a breakdown after his return to Cape Evans.

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    Provenance

    George P. Abbott (B.A.E Shore party, member of the 'Northern Party').
    Thence by descent.
    Christie's, London, 18 April 2000, lot 187.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts