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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 518

    BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION (1910-1913)
    A PINE PANEL FROM A COLMAN'S FLOUR PACKING CASE

    EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION (1910-1913)
    A PINE PANEL FROM A COLMAN'S FLOUR PACKING CASE
    EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The pine board stencilled 'No. 1852/ B.A.E/SHORE/ PARTY' and 'COLMAN'S FLOUR', the reverse with later paper label, later frame
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) high; 22 in. (56 cm.) wide


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    A later note on the verso explains that, having served its original purpose, this short plank formed part of Henry Robertson 'Bertie' Bowers' annex to the Cape Evans hut. Bowers was the storekeeper for the expedition and his shore list (in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge) records 5 tons of Colman's wholemeal and plain flour amongst the food supplies for the Terra Nova Expedition store party. Packing cases were used both for the construction of furniture in the hut and formed Bowers' annex: 'On the south wall of the hut, Bowers, who was responsible for all stores, built an annex. This comprised a wall of cases extending around to the porch, each of which could be opened from the inside and filled with gravel when emptied.' (D.L. Harrowfield, Sledging into History, Auckland, 1981, p. 45).

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    Provenance

    Christie's, London, 10 April 1997, lot 108.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts