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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 123c
Object name: Mitten
Title: Mitten
Description: A sealskin mitten (fur-side out) for the left hand, made by G.C.L. Bertram from the skin of a young hooded seal (crystophora cristata) during the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola). The mitten was found to be tough, warm and quick drying and considered the best type for general expedition work.
Artist: Bertram, George Colin Lawder
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: 1
Full description:

A fur mitten (fur-side out) for the left hand, made from sealskin (hooded seal). It is made in five pieces: one for the back of the hand, one for the front, two for the thumb, and one for the cuff. There appears to be an additional layer on the thumb for reinforcement. The mitten is losing the hair on the palm side. There is a textile loop on the back of the hand near the thumb.

  • Width: 200mm, length: 300mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Bertram, George Colin Lawder (1934 - 1937)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)