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cutlery, Fiddle pattern

Polar Equipment and Relics

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Object ID AAA2477
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A silver, fiddle-pattern table fork owned by Sir John Franklin (1786-1847). The back of the handle bears the Franklin crest-a conger eel's head, between two branches. There are three prongs only remaining and the fork has 'W C' scratched roughly on the back, seemingly indicating that it was distributed to a crew member: William Closson, Able Seaman HMS 'Erebus'. Closson came from Shetland and was 25 in 1845.The fork has London hallmarks, the date code for 1844-45 and the maker's mark of George Adams 'G.A.'. It was bought from the Inuit by the McClintock Search Expedition on 3 March 1859, near Cape Victoria, on the Boothia Peninsula.
Date made 1844-45

Artist/Maker Adams, George
Place made London, England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials silver
Measurements 17 x 208 x 22 mm
  • cutlery, Fiddle pattern (AAA2477)
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