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Seal

AAA2197
Polar Equipment and Relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2197
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A glass seal with a Masonic device (set square and compasses) found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The seal is a rectangular shape and is made of mauve glass. McClintock's party reached this site on 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before on 18 May. The boat was 28 foot long and mounted on a heavy sledge. McClintock found it just above high tide mark pointing back in the direction of the ships and containing a large quantity of abandoned personal possessions and two skeletons.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Royal Naval Museum Greenwich Collection
Materials glass
Measurements Overall: 12 x 10 x 10 mm
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  • Seal (AAA2197)
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