Crucial adjustments

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Olav Bjaaland shaving off 2/3 of the sledges’ weight without compromising their sturdiness; Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition, 1910-12.

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“[Oscar] Wisting is sitting in the Great Ice Barrier and sewing tents on his Singer—in +14°…He is sewing new, light groundsheets in the tents. By these means, we will save several kilos.” — Amundsen, diaries; Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition, 1910-12.

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Amundsen in his hut

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Amundsen in his hut, 1911 [image via artofmanliness.com]

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Man-hauling

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Scott and the Terra Nova polar party, man-hauling, 1911-12 [image via artofmanliness.com]

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Scott of the Antarctic

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Robert Falcon Scott and the Terra Nova shore party, 1911 [image via artofmanliness.com]

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Tabard Cigarette Company

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Tabard cigarette tin, price realized: £1,076 on 25 September 2002, Christie’s London.

From the auction catalog description:

“The ‘Tabard’ Cigarette & Tobacco Co. Ltd.’ a ‘Tabard’ cigarette tin, 5¼in. (13.3cm.) long, containing Shackleton’s petty cash, the majority South American small currency and one small mineral sample; with a Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin and a Players Navy Cut cigarette tin, the latter containing petty cash.

PROVENANCE:
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) and thence by descent to the present owners.

Tabard was Shackleton’s cigarette company formed with his tobacconist in Piccadilly, Forbes Lugard Smith, in 1904: ‘Shackleton saw Tabard — probably named by himself, influenced by his brother Frank, after the embroidered tunic of a herald — not as another path to instant fortune, but as a hopeful sideline. It was the one business with which he persevered, although it was no more than a glorified shop in Lynedoch Place. After the Nimrod expedition, it followed him from Edinburgh to London where it was housed in Smith’s depot in Foubert’s Place, behind Regent Street.’ (R. Huntford, Shackleton, London: 1985, p.351)

The Tabard office became the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition headquarters in 1914 with both the company and expedition sharing a secretary. The company went into liquidation in 1916.”

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He who goes first into the fray

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F. S. Welhaven, 1807-1873, Norwegian: Protesilaos (1839-45).

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The Heart of the Antarctic

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FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 4 OF 300 COPIES SIGNED BY ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SHORE PARTY.
Price realized: £15,000
Christie’s London, 15 October 2009

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