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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 120a-b
Object name: Mitten
Title: Mitten
Description: A pair of wolf-skin mittens (fur-side out), labelled 'B.B. Roberts', each with a leather liner inside. Made in Norway and used during the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola). The mittens were found to be warm when worn with duffle or woollen inners but the skin was not very strong and alternate wetting and drying caused shrinkage.
Classified name:
SPRI theme clothing and footwear
Current place name Antarctic regions > British Antarctic Territory > Maritime Antarctic > Antarctic Peninsula > Graham Land
UDC 685.4
Geographic UDC (*726.3)
Getty AAT mittens
Number of items: 4
Full description:

A pair of fur mittens (fur-side out), made of wolf-skin (a = right, b = left), with leather liners. The skin from which the mittens have been made consists of lots of smaller pieces of skin machine-stitched together with beige thread (a patchwork effect) to create a piece suitable for use. This skin has then been made into mittens – the construction is not obvious, but the construction stitches are in black thread. An additional piece of black leather has been sewn onto the finger and thumb area of the mitten (palm side of mitten) for strength. Sewn into each mitten is a white textile name tape with 'B.B. ROBERTS' in blue. Inside each mitten is a brown leather mitten liner, with a blue (faded to green) textile tape loop in each. The liners are joined together by a length of lampwick. Inside the left liner is the name 'CROFT' (possibly Andrew Croft) in black ink – perhaps suggesting that the mittens and liners did not originally belong together.

  • Width: 180mm, length: 435mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Roberts, Brian Birley (1934 - 1937)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)