Dessert spoon

A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A fiddle-pattern silver dessert spoon owned by John Smart Peddie (Surgeon, 'HMS Terror'). It was obtained from the Inuit at Repulse Bay in 1854 by the Rae Expedition. The Inuit said that they had found the material at a camp to the north west of the mouth of the Back River where a party of Europeans had died of starvation. The spoon has London hallmarks, the date code for 1844-5, and the maker's mark of Robert Walliss (the initials 'RW'). The front of the handle is engraved with the monogram 'JSP'. It was presented to Greenwich Hospital by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 2 December 1854.

The son of James Peddie and Anne Smart, James Smart Peddie was christened in Edinburgh on 3 March 1816. He obtained the licence of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1836 and entered the navy as Assistant Surgeon. He served as Acting Surgeon on HMS 'Terror' during Sir John Franklin's last expedition of 1845 and perished with the rest of Franklin's crews. He had been promoted to the rank of Surgeon a few months after the expedition sailed.

Object Details

ID: AAA2389
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Dessert spoon
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Wallis, Robert
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Dr John Rae, 1853-1854
Vessels: Terror (1813)
Date made: 1844-45
People: Peddie, John Smart; Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty Greenwich Hospital
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Measurements: Overall: 178 mm

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