Captain Scott's dressing box, by Gray and Sons, Piccadilly, containing an assorted collection of ephemeral items, including tie pins, a matchbox and buttons (details below), the box approximately 90 x 140 x 40mm.
CAPTAIN SCOTT'S GENTLEMAN'S DRESSING BOX, containing: two gold tie pins, one bearing the pennant of the Royal Yacht Club, enamelled in translucent red and opaque white, the other with a pink stone set in a gilt metal claw mount; a propelling pencil; a rhomboid rhodonite pendant, the hardstone with gilt metal mount; a metal matchbox bearing an enamelled White Ensign; a "lucky" farthing; a set of six moss agate buttons, the gilt metal mounts set with a seed-pearl; a brushed leather patent sovereign case; a tube of Burroughs Wellcome and Co. Hazeline Cream; a few metal clips.
The gold tie pin bearing the pennant of the Royal Yacht Club marks Scott's election to the Royal Yacht Club on 12 May 1910, an event which won his ship the right to fly the White Ensign. The Terra Nova was the first Antarctic expedition ship to fly this most coveted Ensign.
Hazeline Cream, was an emollient carried by all Antarctic sledging parties. Scott noted, in reference to 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" (The Voyage of the 'Discovery'") 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". Burroughs Wellcome and Co. furnished Tabloid Medical Outfits to virtually all Polar expeditions from those of Nansen, to that led by Mawson. See illustration overleaf.
Provenance: Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912); by descent; Christie's, 17 September 1999, lot 206.