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Pocket comb

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2115
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A pocket comb found with a skeleton presumed to be Henry Peter Peglar (1811-48), HMS 'Terror', at Cape Hershel on 25 May 1859, by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The skeleton is more likely to be that of Peglar's friend, Thomas Armitage, Gun Room Steward, HMS 'Terror'. The folding horn comb is in a very warped lacquer case. A shaped plaque is missing from the side. It was previously displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, in the Franklin Room, Case 2, Number 32. Armitage was baptised at St Mary’s Church, Chatham in 1807. He entered ‘Bulwark’ 76, rated as Boy in 1819, leaving her in 1822 to join ‘Gloucester’. He served on the frigate ‘Briton’ on the South America Station until 1827. He met Peglar in 1834 on ‘Gannett’ (as later on ‘Terror’, Armitage was rated as Gun Room Steward). By this time he had a wife in Chatham. He joined ‘Serpent’ stationed at Port Royal in 1837. His activities between this commission and 1845 are not known.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials horn
Measurements 89 x 32 x 13 mm
  • Pocket comb (AAA2115)
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