21 September 2000
British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913
Lieut. Henry R. Bowers (1883-1912) - The Penny Bazaar (retailers) An outsize red-paper covered wooden pencil used by Bowers at Cape Evans, , 24cm. long, 1.6cm. diameter, the paper covering printed in silver 'Try th[e Pen]ny Bazaar for domestic household haberdashery stationery and toys', with added gummed label bearing Cherry-Garrard's ink holograph inscription. (Some light damage to paper covering to pencil).
Provenance: Lieut. Henry R. Bowers (1883-1912, attached label); Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886-1959, ink note on attached paper label 'Pencil always used by Bowers at Cape Evans'); by descent (sale: Garrod, Turner & Son, Ipswich 17 October 1969, lot 333 [one of 17 lots sold 'for the benefit of the Aldeburgh Festival Snape Concert Hall Rebuilding Fund']).
The large size of the pencil allowed Bowers to write when wearing gloves or mittens.
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