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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Body belt


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Accession no.: N: 998b
Object name: Body belt
Title: Body belt
Description: A leather and textile body belt used to hold up a knee support (N: 998a) designed by E.W. Bingham on the lines of Marsh's knee splint and made for him by W.E. Hampton during the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola). Bingham was suffering from chronically slipped cartilage of the knee; the knee support proved completely successful. The support was held up by the body belt, which previously belonged to I.F. Meiklejohn, and blanket padding (N: 998c) provided protection from chafing.
Classified name:
SPRI theme health
Current place name Antarctic regions > British Antarctic Territory > Maritime Antarctic > Antarctic Peninsula > Graham Land
UDC 614.8
Geographic UDC (*726.3)
Getty AAT
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A body belt made from a khaki-olive coloured textile with a twill weave and edged with bias binding. There are three internal stiffeners at the back of the belt (perhaps whalebone) which have been reinforced on the outside with strips of leather. One end of the belt has a vertical strip of leather to which are attached four leather-covered buckles, and the other end has a vertical strip of leather to which are attached four leather straps. An additional two straps, made of lampwick and with metal buckles, have been hand-sewn to the bottom of the belt on one side to take the upper straps of the knee support. On the inside of the belt is a white textile name tape with ‘I.F. Meiklejohn’ in red stitching.

  • Width: 203mm, length: 825mm
Associated person(s):
  • Use dby: Meiklejohn, Ian Forbes (1934 - 1937)
  • Used by: Bingham, Edward William (1934 - 1937)
  • : Hampton, Wilfred Edward (1934 - 1937)
Associated expedition(s):
  • : British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)
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