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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.