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Fish hook

Polar Equipment and Relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2302
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A fish hook made from expedition copper found in the possession of the Inuit on the Adelaide Peninsula by the Schwatka Search Expedition 1878-79. The copper fish hook is attached to a piece of bone with three holes drilled through it. The lack of barbs on the fish hooks meant that the fish had to be hauled out very quickly before they escaped.
Date made

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Nunavut, Canada
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection
Materials antler; copper
Measurements Overall: 44 x 108 x 25 mm
  • Fish hook (AAA2302)
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