• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 187

    Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)

    A late Victorian silver beaker

    Price Realised  


    Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)
    A late Victorian silver beaker
    trumpet shaped and on spreading foot, with everted rim, engraved with presentation inscription '1901 "DISCOVERY." Lieut: E.H. Shackleton. R.N.R', by Henry Atkins, Sheffield, 1900
    3¾in. (9.6cm.) high
    4.8oz. (150gr.)

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    The silver beaker is seen in the photograph of Shackleton's cabin (in the left foreground below the vase of carnations) on-board Discovery taken on the eve of the departure of the National Antarctic Expedition in July 1901 (for the photograph see Christie's, 25 Sept. 2001, lot 37, reproduced opposite).

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    Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the maker's mark is for Harry (Wright) Atkin of Atkin Brothers, Silversmiths and not Harry Atkins as incorrectly stated in the catalogue.

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