Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Rare and Historic Group of Reigart Artifacts from the Greely Arctic Relief Expedition. Very heavy piece of wood, 2" X 4 1/2" X 1 1/2" with attached ink script paper lable, somewhat darkened with age, "Piece of the Keel of the Arctic Vessel the Bear of the Greely Relief Expedition to the North Pole The keel was crushed by ice of the North Pole 22 June 1884". A beautifully turned 4 1/4" wooden spire, 1" diameter at the base with an ink script paper lable affixed to the bottom, "The Thetis". Exquisitely made, 4 1/2" long, two piece, wooden needle case, with an attached ink script lable, "Arctic Vessel "The Thetis" of the Greely Relief Expedition". Also rolled up inside the case is an ink script lable "Arctic Vessel Thetis". A tragic chapter in American Naval history, by the time the relief expedition, composed of the ships Bear, Thetis and Alert, arrived to rescue Greely's party, only 6 of the original 25 man crew remained alive. Although an heroic effort, the legacy of the ill fated expedition included innuendos of cannibalism by the six survivors. The items in Reigart's group represent the largest group of Greely relief expedition artifacts we are aware of extant.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 842

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 May 14 Manuscripts - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $292,119