• Sale 7470

    Exploration and Travel

    26 - 27 September 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 371

    Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1912

    Amundsen's waterproof matchbox holder containing three matchboxes

    Price Realised  

    Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1912
    Amundsen's waterproof matchbox holder containing three matchboxes
    waterproofed cloth and metal, with a sealed screw cap, matchboxes by Nitedals Taendstikfabrik, Christiania
    8in. (20.3cm.) long


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    There is another identical piece of equipment from Amundsen's South Pole expedition in the Fram Museum, Oslo.

    'A match factory gave us all the safety matches we wanted. They were packed so securely that we could quite well have towed the cases after us in the sea all the way and found the matches perfectly dry on arrival.' (R.E.G.Amundsen, The South Pole, London, 1912, p.77)

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    Provenance

    Roald Amundsen, and thence by descent to the previous owner, Amundsen's great-niece; sale, Christie's, 27 Sept. 2006, lot 207.


    Exhibited

    Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Arktis-Antarktis, 1997-98, no 263 ('Wasserdichter Behalter zum Trocken').