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Museum catalogue: Flag Collection


Sledging flag

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Accession no.: Y: 2008/10/15
Object name: Sledging flag
Title: Sledging flag
Description: A silk sledging flag or pennant used by Quintin Riley on the British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31, the British East Greenland Expedition 1932-33, and the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola). In a letter written on the 6 July 1930 as the Quest was on its journey from London along the Thames, Riley asked his sister to 'get made immediately a flag or rather a piece of stuff for me to sew or tie a flag about 3 inches square with my crest on it, a dragon's head with an anchor through it, father will know. Any colours convenient will do'.
Classified name:
SPRI theme flags
UDC 929.9 : 629.111.71
Geographic UDC (*2)
Getty AAT flags
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A sledging flag in the form of a forked pennant. The flag is double-sided and is made 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 blue upper part and a yellow-gold lower part. A round embroidered badge with the emblem (a dragon head) and motto ('Si Nemo Sequiter [sic] Solus Ibo' – 'Though no-one follows I will go alone') is appliquéd to the centre of the tail section on either side. A cream-coloured piece of textile is stitched to the left/pole edge of the flag to form a tube, through which is a length of rope, the ends of which have been knotted together and stitched.

  • Width: 930mm, height: 280mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Riley, Quintin Theodore Petroc Molesworth (1930 - 1937)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)
  • Used on: British East Greenland Expedition 1932-33 (1932 - 1933)
  • Used on: British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 (1930 - 1931)