Medicine chest used on British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913, England, 1900-1910
This sledge case medicine chest was used on the 1910 British Antarctic expedition, also known as the ‘Terra Nova’ expedition – Terra Nova being the name of the supply ship. Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) led four companions with the aim of being the first team to reach the South Pole. Famously, having been beaten to the pole by a rival Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen, Scott and his men died during their return journey in 1912. This medicine chest was made by Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Packed with the company’s products, it was one of a series that were presented to high profile expeditions in a shrewd attempt to advertise the product.
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Glossary: medicine chest
Small chests fitted for bottles and intended to hold medical supplies; of a type made in the 18th and early 19th centuries.