Posted 5 years ago
Seal Hunt Scarf ( 36 inch square printed silk )
Sir Philip Brocklehurst was a subscribing member and accompanied Earnest Shackleton on the Nimrod Expedition to Antarctica 1907 - 1909.
To commemorate the expedition Sir Philip commissioned the printing of the scarf at his works at Langley, Macclesfield.
The scene would have been created from a photograph, depiction or a composite of both plus the designers licence.
The scene is hand block printed on silk. The blocks were made from an oak block and copper and brass pins.
A separate block made for each color.
The colors are what is called "Mada" which are produced from fungi. They are bright, robust and resistant to fade, the best of their age before synthetic colors.
Only 30 scarves were printed.
This scarf was presented to my Grandfather William (Bill) Warren who was the colorist at the Brocklehurst Print Works from 1909 to 1936.
We are trying to locate any of the other 29 carves.
I am of the opinion there has to be a significance in the number printed, they definitely were not printed to sell, the number is too small.
Also the effort that went into making the color blocks is too great for one scarf.