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MA17: Maritime Sale

A Rare and Well Preserved Arctic Exploration Sledge Flag For Admiral George Richards KCB

Auction Lot MA17/113

A rare and well preserved Arctic exploration sledge flag for Admiral George Richards KCB, Commander of HMS Assistance in Sir Edward Belcher's expedition of 1852/3/4in search of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror of Sir John Franklin's Lost Expedition of 1845:, the flag with Admiral Richard's personal heraldry comprising a lamb and flag crest with motto 'Laus Deo' (Praise God) in white silk on a blue reserve, 46cm x77cm, mounted on a glazed frame with inscription.

A Rare and Well Preserved Arctic Exploration Sledge Flag For Admiral George Richards KCB (MA17/113) offered in our Maritime Auction starting on 14th June 2017 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

A rare and well preserved Arctic exploration sledge flag for Admiral George Richards KCB, Commander of HMS Assistance in Sir Edward Belcher's expedition of 1852/3/4in search of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror of Sir John Franklin's Lost Expedition of 1845:, the flag with Admiral Richard's personal heraldry comprising a lamb and flag crest with motto 'Laus Deo' (Praise God) in white silk on a blue reserve, 46cm x77cm, mounted on a glazed frame with inscription.

Notes

'This Banner was carried to the Arctic Regions by Admiral Richards CB when Commander of HMS Assistance, in Sir E Belcher's Expedition 1852.3.4in search of the Erebus and Terror, under Sir J Franklin. After wintering at the Head of Wellington Channel in 76°55' N Lat., it was taken, in the Spring of 1853 to Melville Island and floated on every conspicuous height discovered, and having accomplished near 1000 miles, it was returned to HMS Assistance. Passing a second Winter it was again carried on a Sledge journey down the Channel westward and through Barrow Straits and again returned after a sojourn of 73 days on the Sledge. on reaching England in 1854 it was presented to Mr Barrow. When the late Expedition of 1875 was fitted out under Capt now Sir George Nares KCB it was carried up Smith's Sound and hoisted on Cape Joseph Henry in Lat 83° N on its return to England it was restored to Mr Barrow who bequeaths it to the family of Adml Richards. together with group of related items comprising an 18ct gold Royal navy Exhibition 1891' fob pendant containing a section of timber from HMS Victory engraved 'Timber from the 'Victory' 1805' and also named 'Admiral Sir George H Richards KCB' to rim, a gilt and enamel badge of Admiral Richard's family crest together with a 19th century wool work of HMS Assistance in the Arctic ice with men rigging sledges to the foreground, 44cm x67cm, a pastel portrait of Admiral Richards seated at a table with a copy of Arctic Regions, 36cm x30cm, two 19th century oval miniature portraits of Naval officers, one possibly of Francis Leopold McClintock (1819-1907), the other of Admiral Richards, a monochrome print of Admiral Richards and a copy of 'Aclands-And-The Sea' . Admiral George Henry Richards was captain of HMS Assistance under the command of Sir Edward Belcher on the Admiralty's last and largest Expedition to search for survivors of Sir John Franklin's Expedition of the Northwest Passage in 1845.in the early winter of 1850 the Assistance and the steam tender Pioneer became frozen in the ice off Northumberland Sound in the Wellington Channel forcing much of the searching to be undertaken by sledge As sledges were hauled at this time by the men themselves, they were treated in some degree as boats and each sledge named. The idea originated with Captain Horatio Austin who whilst leading a similar search in 1850 intended that sledge flags would ''...retain esprit de corps, and a naval atmosphere,..' .The flags were usually the personal badge of the commanding officer who led the team on foot, carrying a gun ahead of the crew for protection A similar sledge flag for Lieutenant Bedford Pim by Lady Franklin is held in the National Maritime Museum. A sledge flag used by Scott on his first Expedition of 1900-1904 made by his mother hangs in Exeter Cathedral.

Price Realised

£7,100

Department

Maritime and Sporting

Fine Art Category

Exploration Related Artefacts

Sale Information

MA17: Maritime Sale
Wednesday, 14th June 2017
Okehampton Street, Exeter

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