• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 6911

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    9 October 2012, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 157

    Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)

    Shackleton's white polo neck Jersey

    Price Realised  

    Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)
    Shackleton's white polo neck Jersey


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    As recalled by Macklin in conversation with James Fisher, 12-13 March 1956, given to him by Shackleton on board the Quest at South Georgia on the night of Shackleton's death: 'I remember I went to my own room berth and got a blanket, a nice big warm blanket and put it on him. I remember he was grateful for that. I think he gave me at that time a lovely white jersey. Three of them had been presented to him -- by, I think, his girl friend -- but when I brought him this blanket he leant over and he said 'Look here, I've got three of these and I'm giving one to Wild, would you like this one' and he gave me one of these things. Perhaps he thought it was a good gesture because I'd given him my blanket, or something of the sort! That was the last ...It was a beautiful thing and I wore it during the rest of the trip...' (Typed transcript of a conversation between Colonel A.H. Macklin and James Fisher, March 12th, 1956, at Aberdeen; resumed on March 13th)

    Provenance

    A gift from Rosalind Chetwynd to Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922), by whom given to Dr Alexander Hepburne Macklin, 4-5 January, 1922, and thence by descent; sale Christie's, 25 Sept. 2001, lot 238 (where acquired by the present owner).