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Dessert spoon

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2389
Description 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.
Date made 1844-1845

Artist/Maker Wallis, Robert
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials silver
Measurements Overall: 178 mm
  • Dessert spoon (AAA2389)
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