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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 1119
Object name: Housewife
Title: Housewife
Description: A housewife belonging to Lieutenant Charles Royds and 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 housewives (containers)
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A housewife consisting of a brown 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: a piece of cloth with five needles, four pins and two loops of thread; a loose needle; two loose safety pins; a metal thimble; a pair of scissors stamped 'JAMES // [?] // SHEFFIELD'; a pair of small sewing scissors stamped 'WARRANTED // QUALITY'; a bone-handled bodkin; a reel of natural coloured thread on a card bobbin; three black plastic buttons and three wooden buttons on a string; a really of natural-coloured wool on a card bobbin with a needle attached; a bundle of white textile tape; a bundle of brown textile tape, a bundle of natural-coloured thread; and a bundle of natural-coloured and black thread.

  • Width: 255mm, length: 385mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Royds, Charles William Rawson (1901 - 1904)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)