Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912)
Captain Scott's Gentleman's dressing box by Gray and Sons, Piccadilly, containing two gold tie pins, one bearing the pennant of the Royal Yacht Club, enamelled in translucent red and opaque white, the other a pink stone tie pin with gilt metal claw mount, a propelling pencil, a rhomboid rhodonite pendant, the hardstone with gilt metal mount engraved with foliate decoration, a matchbox bearing an enamelled white ensign, a lucky farthing, a small medallion bearing the Lord's Prayer, a set of six moss agate buttons, circular of concave form, the gilt metal mounts set with a seed-pearl, a brushed leather patent sovereign case and a tube of Burroughs Wellcome and Co. Hazeline Cream.
The first described item, the gold tie pin bearing the pennant of the Royal Yacht Club (see lot 250 for the actual pennant flown by the Terra Nova) marks Scott's election to the Royal Yacht Club on 12 May 1910, an election which won his ship the right to fly the White Ensign. The Terra Nova, to Sir Clements Markham's huge approval, was the first Antarctic expedition ship to fly this most coveted of all Ensigns (for which see the note to lot 250).
The last described item, a tube of Hazeline Cream, was an emollient carried by all sledging parties. 'The midnight sun reflected from the snow has started to burn my face and lips. I smear them with hazeline before turning in, and find it a good thing' Bowers wrote on the ascent of Beardmore Glacier in November 1911. Scott referred to the cream on the Discovery expedition: 'Our medical bag contained bandages, sticking-plaster, an emulsion for sprains, a few phials containing medicines in the tabloid form, and a tube of hazeline cream' (R.F. Scott, The Voyage of the 'Discovery', London, 1907 new edition, I, p.332), and in November 1902, on the sledging journey with Wilson and Shackleton: 'We are growing very sunburnt, and noses and lips are getting blistered and cracked and extremely sore; lips are especially painful, as one cannot help licking them on the march, and this makes them worse. With the constant variations of temperature and the necessary application of the hot rim of the pannikin they get no chance to heal; hazeline cream is in much request at night to deaden the burning.' (op.cit., II, p.23).
Burroughs Wellcome and Co. furnished Tabloid Medical Outfits to virtually all Polar expeditions from Nansen (1893-96) to Mawson (1929-30): 'All have chosen "Tabloid" Medical Outfits as being portable, convenient and reliable in activity under the most adverse conditions of climate and usage.' (L.C. Bernacchi, The Polar Book, London, 1930, p.107)