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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 819a-b
Object name: Knife
Title: Knife
Description: A flensing knife (a) in a leather sheath (b), of the type used during the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova). It was made by George Butler & Co. of Sheffield.
Classified name:
SPRI theme hunting and fishing
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 639.24
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT flensing knives
Number of items: 2
Full description:

a: A knife with a curved rounded blade, and dark brown wooden handle secured with three brass rivets. The tang runs the length of the handle. The blade is marked 'REAL SHEFFIELD // "KEY" KNIFE // REGD. AD. 1681' and '[crown symbol] BUTLER // REGD // SHEFFIELD // ENGLAND'.

b: A curved brown leather sheath with a pointed tip and a leather belt loop on the back.

  • a: Width: 30mm, length: 293mm, depth: 16mm
  • b: Width: 40mm, length: 217mm, depth: 27mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • As used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)