Miscellaneous Antiquities

The Collection

Your selection



Buy this image Add this to a collection
Share or embed this object   

Bango belonging to Dr Leonard Hussey

Miscellaneous Antiquities

Object connections:

Collection Miscellaneous Antiquities
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (UK) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Hussey, Dr Leonard Duncan Albert
EventsAntarctic Exploration: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition - Weddell Sea party
Publication(s)Treasures of the National Maritime Museum
Gloria Clifton and Nigel Rigby
View this book in the library

Object details:

Object ID AAB0225
Description Wood, skin and metal zither banjo, inlaid with mother of pearl which belonged to Dr L.D.A. Hussey, the meteorologist on 'Endurance'. The banjo was rescued from the ship before she sank, crushed by the ice of the Weddell Sea. Hussey played it during morale-raising concert parties organised by the survivors while they awaited rescue on Elephant Island. The banjo has been signed by expedition members and others as follows 'E.H. Shackleton, Frank Wild, Ruby Page le Brawn, Frank A. Worsley, L. Rickenson, George E. Marston, L.D.A. Hussey, A.H. Macklin, Frank Hurley, A.J. Kerr, F.W. Edwards, J.M. Wordie, T.O. Lees, C. Green, A. Cheetham, R.W. James, L. Greenstreet, Robert S. Clark, Harry McNeish'. The banjo comes complete with a leather carrying case.
Date made before 1913

Artist/Maker Windsor, A.O.
Windsor, A.O. [Arthur Octavius]
Place made Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials metal; mother of pearl; skin; wood
Measurements Overall: 110 x 950 x 335 mm
Help us

Do you know more about this?

Share your knowledge