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Medicine chest

Polar Equipment and Relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2224
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A mahogany medicine chest found near Ross Cairn, Point Victory, King William Island on 2 June 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The chest is held together with screws. It has brass hanges and the remains of a canvas cover. It has a plush pad inside the lid and is fitted with a lock and strap now broken. The crews of 'Erebus' and 'Terror' landed just to the south of Point Victory after abandoning their ships. The expedition deposited a written record and abandoned many heavy and superfluous possessions including a four foot pile of unmarked clothes.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass; canvas; mahogany
Measurements 150 x 360 x 325 mm
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