Collections - Equipment
An essential part of any soldier's kit - as all soldiers, excepting
the Pioneer Sergeant, were expected to be clean shaven.
There are a number of examples in the museum's collection:
Pair of razors, circa 1787. Marked 'Thompson and O'Neil, 7
Henry Street, Dublin'.
Used by Colonel John Daniel Kane when serving in the 4th
(or the King’s Own) Regiment of Foot. A family tradition asserts that
they were owned by another member of the family and used before
disembarking at Halifax on 22 July 1787. The Army List, 1789, gives
Captain Nathaniel Kane (1781) and Ensign John Daniel Kane (1787). In
1792 (according to The King's Own The Story of a Royal Regiment, Volume
1 by Colonel L I Cowper) Captain John Kane was sent to Coventry by his
brother officers following his trial by court martial. He was still in
the Regiment (and still in Coventry) in the following year.
Accession Number: KO0089/02A and KO0089/02B
Razor and leather case used by Colour Sergeant Brown.
Accession Number: KO0763/02
Razor used by Private Thomas Haslam, number 20327, 6th
Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, served in Mesopotamia in
World War One. Marked 'Arrowsmith'. Accession Number:
Razor used by Private John Edward Richards, number 14477,
9th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster, Regiment, served in Salonika
in World War One. Marked 'Maw Aldersgate St.' (Maw were a
firm of surgical instrument makers based in Aldersgate Street, London.)
Accession Number KO2854/03
Only a proportion of our collections
are on display at anyone time. Certain items are on loan for display
in other institutions. An appointment is required to consult any of
our collections which are held in store.