Sunday - 07 February 2016

The pick of the saleroom

26 February 2014Written by Gabriel Berner

This ice pick belonged to the explorer James W. Dell who accompanied Scott on his first effort to reach the South Pole in 1901-04, serving as an able seaman aboard the ‘Discovery’.

Dell was among just three survivors from this trip and was held in high regard by Scott who wrote a reference for him in 1909 describing him as "one of the best men on the expedition - cheerful, hardworking and very intelligent".

Dell also joined the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition of 1921-22.

He was one of the last men to see Shackleton on the night he died aboard the Quest and was a pallbearer at his funeral.

The ice pick will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt's sale on March 7 in Taunton estimated at £500-1000.

Contact 01823 332525.

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