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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Ditty bag

Accession no.: N: 1050
Object name: Ditty bag
Title: Ditty bag
Description: A housewife or 'ditty bag' for repairing clothes which belonged to Captain R.F. Scott and was used on the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery).
Classified name:
SPRI theme personal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 646.24
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT ditty bags
Full description:

A housewife/ditty bag consisting of a thick twilled textile roll case with a flap on either side. It has a brown textile tape edging and textile tape ties on the end and on each flap. The main body of the case contains very long thin seamed pockets, some textile loops in the centre and a pouch at one end. The case contains: four pins; ten needles; two bundles of black thread; a bundle of cream-coloured thread; two reels of white thread on a card bobbin; one reel of brown thread on a card bobbin; a pair of scissors stamped 'JAMESON & CO // WARRANTED'; a metal thimble; a textile tape measure with a metal end, printed 'DEAN'; a cardboard box, printed 'The Mistletoe // NICKEL // SAFETY PIN' containing eleven pins and eight safety pins; two gold-coloured buttons, each depicting a crown and an anchor wrapped with rope enclosed within a rope border, and marked 'C.&J. WELDON. LONDON' on the back; a piece of card with twelve shell buttons stitched to it and another shell button on a length of thread; natural-coloured wool on a card bobbin and the remains of two more; a canvas bundle containing screws and other metal items; a reel of white textile tape on a card bobbin and two bundles/rolls of white textile tape; two rolls of green textile tape; a roll of brown textile tape; and four fabric off cuts – two green-brown textile pieces, one piece of lampwick and one piece of blanket cloth.

  • Width: 220mm, length: 510mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Scott, Robert Falcon (1901 - 1904)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)