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Museum catalogue: Flag Collection


Sledging flag

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Accession no.: N: 275
Object name: Sledging flag
Title: Sledging flag
Description: A sledging flag used by Dr Edward Adrian Wilson on the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova). 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 hand-sewn sledging flag in the form of a forked pennant. It is made of grosgrain silk in two sections: a cream-coloured square section on the left with two red ribbons appliquéd to form a St George's Cross, and a black tail section, which is embroidered with the emblem (a fox) and motto ('Res non verba' – 'Deeds, not words'). The fox is quite prominent and may be padded. Both sections consist of two layers of fabric, so the flag is double-sided. However, there is edging cord applied right the way round the flag so it is not possible to tell if the sections of textile are folded (like the Bowers flag) or cut. A black plaited cord edging is stitched all the way around the outside of the flag, with additional lengths attached to the corners, each forming a small loop and two tassels. The flag is framed and stitched to a board.

  • Width: 1165mm, height: 490mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Wilson, Edward Adrian (1910 - 1913)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)