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Museum catalogue: Flag Collection


Sledging flag

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Accession no.: N: 274
Object name: Sledging flag
Title: Sledging flag
Description: A sledging flag used by Dr Edward Adrian Wilson on the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery). It was made by Wilson's wife, Oriana.
Artist: Wilson, Oriana (nee Souper)
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 sledging flag in the form of a forked pennant. It is made of silk in three parts: a white square section on the left with two red strips of fabric appliquéd to form a St George's Cross; and a tail section consisting of a white upper part and a black lower part. The tail is decorated with the emblem (a fox on a red shield), a silver metalwork six-pointed star, and a textile strip embroidered with the motto ('Res non verba' – 'Deeds, not words'). There is a black and white border around the tail section, and a black cord edging all the way around the flag, with two black cord tassels at the corners. A black piece of silk is stitched to the left/pole edge of the flag to form a tube. The flag is stitched to a board.

  • Width: 1085mm, height: 310mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Wilson, Edward Adrian (1901 - 1904)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)