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Miniature White Ensign flown on Scott's sledge on the southern journey
Rectangular mahogany glazed frame containing miniature white silk ensign which was flown on Captain Scott's sledge on his expedition to the South Pole. With inscription plaque below, signed by George V.
Found at his last camp where he and his companions died.
The tradition of flying miniature, often heraldic, flags on sledges was begun by Sir Clements Markham on the Nares expedition to the Arctic in 1875. This white ensign, which was flown on Scott’s sledge, was given to Birdie Bowers by Commander Evans for him to fly at the Pole, and was retrieved from Scott’s last camp. Evans later wrote to Birdie’s mother Emily ‘I gave Birdie’s little white ensign to the King and he has had it framed and put up over his writing table in the Royal Yacht.’ (SPRI archive: MS 1505 7/2/9;BJ)