25 September 2001
British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909
Shackleton's cigarette ration case (empty), originally containing twenty-four Turkish cigarettes, Japanned iron case with Emily Shackleton's ration instructions on the lid ('One to be smoked on/1st of each month!')
5 x 3 x 1in. (12.7 x 7.6 x 2.5cm.)
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922), and thence by descent.
M. and J. Fisher, Shackleton, London, 1957, illustrated between pp. 192-3.
Shackleton was apparently a heavy smoker (we see him cigarette in hand in many of the photographs in Cecily's photo-album, lot 92) and smoking was widely acknowledged as one of the few pleasures to be had after a hard day's sledging. The southern party's supplies of cigarettes ran out on the return from their farthest south and a smoke ('15 [February] My birthday. hard pull bad head again cig for present' Shackleton's diary entry) was a rare treat, albeit by then 'made out of pipe tobacco and some coarse paper we had with us. It was delicious.' (E.H. Shackleton, The Heart of the Antarctic, London, 1909, II, p.360)
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