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Museum catalogue: Flag Collection

 

Sledging flag

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Accession no.: Y: 2002/2/4
Object name: Sledging flag
Title: Sledging flag
Description: A red and gold sledging flag with goldwork embroidery. Used by Ernest Shackleton on the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09 (Nimrod).
Classified name:
SPRI theme flags
UDC 929.9 : 629.111.71
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT flags
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A sledging flag made of red and gold fabric and cord goldwork embroidery; the design of which is the same on both the front and back. The flag appears to have been made in three strips – a top gold strip, a central red strip, and a bottom gold strip which have been sewn together and the outer edges of which are edged in cord of the same colour. The central red strip has a diamond-shaped motif in goldwork embroidery repeated three times. A red square of fabric, edged with red cord, and with a goldwork embroidery square cross has been sewn afterwards into the top left-hand corner. Two wide loops in a plain fabric have been sewn to the top and bottom of the flag along the left-hand edge, and an eyelet has been sewn into the bottom left-hand corner, through which is a string tassel.

Dimensions:
  • Width: 705mm, height: 750mm, depth: 70mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Shackleton, Ernest Henry (1907 - 1909)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09 (Nimrod) (1907 - 1909)