Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912)
Alexander Clark of London (retailer). A silver-plate horse-shoe, , 12cm. wide, 13cm. high, in a blue velvet and cream silk lined oval blue straight-grained morocco presentation case, the blue velvet set with a silver shield-shaped plaque with the engraved inscription 'Capt. R. Scott/1910/Antarctic/Expedition/"Kia Ora"' (the lid of the case detached).
Provenance: Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912, inscription); by descent.
A fine memento of the warm welcome ('Kia Ora' means 'welcome' in Maori) that the expedition received on arrival in Lyttelton, on 28 October 1910. 'New Zealand, that home of so many Antarctic expeditions, where we knew that we should be welcomed. Scott's Discovery, Shackleton's Nimrod, and now again Scott's Terra Nova have all in turn been berthed at the same quay in Lyttelton, for aught I know at the same No.5 Shed, into which they have spilled out their holds, and from which they have been restowed with the addition of all that New Zealand, scorning payment, could give...Scott's words of the Discovery apply just as much to the Terra Nova. Not only did New Zealand do all in her power to help the expedition in an official capacity, but the New Zealanders welcomed both officers and men with open arms, and "gave them to understand that although already separated by many thousands of miles from their native land, here in this new land they would find a second home"' (A.G.B. Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World, 1922, I, p.44). The Terra Nova sailed for Dunedin and the south on 26 November, 1910.