SCOTT MEMORIAL PLAQUE An embossed and engraved commemorative silver plaque, headed "Antarctic Expedition", with four scenes from the "Terra Nova" expedition quartered on a central rectangular area (a dog sledge moving across the ice away from the Terra Nova; Scott's polar party preparing to man-haul a sledge; the five man party at the Pole; memorial and burial place of Scott, Wilson and Bowers), with a central "boss" of the ship's cat 'Nigger', within a wide border of decorative scroll work bearing the names those who reached the Pole and a polar flag within a frame of laurel leaves, the cornerpieces with medallion portraits of Scott, his wife Kathleen, their son Peter, and another view of the Scott monument
Lot 175
SCOTT MEMORIAL PLAQUE An embossed and engraved commemorative silver plaque, headed "Antarctic Expedition", with four scenes from the "Terra Nova" expedition quartered on a central rectangular area (a dog sledge moving across the ice away from the Terra Nova; Scott's polar party preparing to man-haul a sledge; the five man party at the Pole; memorial and burial place of Scott, Wilson and Bowers), with a central "boss" of the ship's cat 'Nigger', within a wide border of decorative scroll work bearing the names those who reached the Pole and a polar flag within a frame of laurel leaves, the cornerpieces with medallion portraits of Scott, his wife Kathleen, their son Peter, and another view of the Scott monument
Sold for £6,250 (US$ 9,857) inc. premium

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SCOTT MEMORIAL PLAQUE
An embossed and engraved commemorative silver plaque, headed "Antarctic Expedition", with four scenes from the "Terra Nova" expedition quartered on a central rectangular area (a dog sledge moving across the ice away from the Terra Nova; Scott's polar party preparing to man-haul a sledge; the five man party at the Pole; memorial and burial place of Scott, Wilson and Bowers), with a central "boss" of the ship's cat 'Nigger', within a wide border of decorative scroll work bearing the names those who reached the Pole and a polar flag within a frame of laurel leaves, the cornerpieces with medallion portraits of Scott, his wife Kathleen, their son Peter, and another view of the Scott monument, elaborately mounted with an ebonised frame, with small plaque engraved with a verse by Horace "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" ["It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country"], contained contained within a custom-made display box of dark blue morocco gilt, with shaped lid, in two sections opening on hinges to left and right, integral stand, the interior lined with light blue velvet and ice-blue crushed silk, the plaque 270 x 370mm.

Footnotes

  • A finely presented commemorative plaque, in silver for Kathleen Scott. All the Polar scenes are based on photographs that in issues of the Daily Mirror for either 12 February (the day on which Scott's death was announced) or 21 May, 1913, the newspaper having negotiated exclusive rights to the expedition photographs before Captain Scott's departure.

    Provenance: Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989); by descent; Christie's, 17 September, 1999, lot 237.
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