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Museum catalogue: Flag Collection


Sledging flag

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Accession no.: N: 273
Object name: Sledging flag
Title: Sledging flag
Description: A sledging flag used by Lieut. Henry Bowers on the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova). Bowers made this flag himself, as the official one made for him missed the ship.
Artist: Bowers, Henry Robertson
Classified name:
SPRI theme flags
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 929.9 : 629.111.71
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT flags
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A hand-sewn sledging flag in the form of a forked pennant. It is made from cream-coloured silk, folded along the top edge and running stitched along the lower edge. A George's cross made from two (now much faded) red ribbons is appliquéd to the left side of the flag. A pale blue silk edging strip is appliquéd all around the rest of the flag where the George cross does not extend. The emblem (a leg pierced by an arrow) and motto ('Esse Quam Videre' – 'To be, rather than to seem') are embroidered in pale blue and brown silk. A cord is sewn to the left side of the flag, the ends of which are looped and secured with a monkey’s fist knot. The flag is framed and stitched to a board.

  • Width: 1080mm, height: 475mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Bowers, Henry Robertson (1910 - 1913)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)