The Collections

Collectables (All)

Created: 25.04.14

  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Unknown
    carving, bow scroll

    Mermaid bow carving (facing right).

  • Unknown
    circa 1770

    The octant has an ebony frame and limb with a brass index arm, fittings, and a stop for the index arm. It also has an inlaid ivory plate on the crossbar and inlaid decorative ivory strips along all edges of…

  • Unknown
    circa 1720
    Lion figurehead

    Full-length, polychrome-painted figurehead depicting a heraldic crowned lion, holding a small badge of the cross of Saint George at the breast, where it fitted over the stem-head. This is a rare survival of a standard Royal Naval lion figurehead from…

  • Bryants Trunk and Bucket Warehouse
    circa 1805
    travelling trunk

    Travelling trunk said to belong to Midshipman J. Bailey who served in 'Britannia' at Trafalgar. Probably Joseph Baily, volunteer 1st class, aged 13, born in Frome, Somerset. The trunk has curved sides and a hinged lid. The surface was originally…

  • Abraham, A.
    circa 1830

    Telescope-18.9" (48.1cm) long, O.G. dia. 1.25" (3.2cm). Inverting (complete with cross wires). Is focussed at O.G. end. A spirit level in brass casing 6.6" (16.8cm) long is attached to underside of telescope. Stand-The telescope is mounted on a brass stand…

  • Malby & Co
    Grand Orrery

    Grand orreries were educational tools and status symbols, affordable only to the most wealthy. This one stands on a polygonal black wooden base with four trestle legs and brass feet, surmounted by a shallow glass dome. Panels around the side…

  • Unknown
    Whaling harpoon

    Whaling gun harpoon, double-barbed with 'stop-withers', inscribed: 'E M KELLIE 1884.' It belonged to the vessel 'The Earl of Mar and Kellie', an Arctic whaler built in 1856 at Alloa that formed part of the Dundee whale fleet (she was…

  • Unknown
    before 1845
    Snow goggles

    A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Spectacles with tinted lenses in a case found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The cylindrical case is…

  • Firmin & Sons Limited
    18th-19th century
    Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795-1812

    This uniform, which belonged to Admiral Sir William Cornwallis (1744-1819) illustrates the principal changes to uniform regulations for the year 1795. These include the change in colour of the lapels and cuffs from white to blue and the inclusion of…

  • Brookes, William Tolley
    circa 1835

    A whalebone fid, a tool used in rigging and sailmaking. The bone would be taken from the lower jaw of a sperm whale. Two lines have been engraved round the upper end. This is an example of the more functional…

  • Siemens Brothers and Co Ltd, London
    Signalling lamp

    Signalling lamp 'B' pattern, in a fitted wooden carrying box. A black tin lamp with a large bullseye lens, collapsable handle, various sliding panels, shutter knob on top of lamp. In a fitted box with 3 spare glasses, wick holder…

  • Nock, H.
    circa 1780
    Seven barrelled volley gun

    Seven barrelled volley gun. The (possibly walnut) stock extends only as far forward as the front of the trigger guard and is shaped both sides for lockplate and sideplate. Brass buttplate with scalloped edge on top. Brass sideplate and plain…

  • Unknown
    circa 1801
    Medicine chest

    Medicine chest belonging to Sir Benjamin F Outram KCB (1774-1856) and reputedly used at the battle of Copenhagen 1801.

  • Unknown
    CC V1, P5, 34
    signal, code

    Signal code. Metal box with hinged lid, painted to simulate timber. Contains complete set of ball code signals used for signalling from ship to ship. Different coloured silks are hand-stitched and stretched onto oval metal frames. Each ball code consists…

  • Collard & Collard
    circa 1857

    Brass bugle used by the naval brigades serving in the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny under the command of Sir William Peel (1824-1858).

  • Jones, George
    circa 1859-1872

    Concertina of thirty keys played by seaman William Figg RN, born 1844. Fitted in a wooden box made by the ship's carpenter.

  • Wilkes, Henry
    before 1703
    Ship's furnace

    Ship's furnace used for cooking. Recovered from the wreck site of 'Stirling Castle' 1679 - British naval vessel wrecked on 27 November 1703 on the Goodwin Sands during the 'Great Storm'.

  • Campbell, J. F.
    circa 1876
    Sunshine recorder

    Bowl of Campbell sunshine recorder, brass. No lens (the lens/ glass ball shown in the image is probably from a different instrument, AST0767). No card. Inscribed around the bowl it reads: "HORAS NON NUMERO NISI SERENAS" Typed on accompanying piece…

  • Unknown
    Ivory chess set

    A set of ivory chess pieces with one pawn missing. One side white, the other stained red. It belonged to the family of James Cook, possibly to his wife Elizabeth who died in 1835.

  • Short, James
    Portable reflector telescope

    This is a portable Gregorian (reflector) telescope. It is signed JAMES SHORT EDINBURGH 1734.3.27 referring to the date it was made. Telescope: The barrel is made of brass and painted black. It is a Gregorian of 76.2mm (3 inch) aperture…

  • Unknown
    before 1816

    Drum said to have used to beat to quarters in 'St Fiorenzo' during the Nore Mutiny, May 1797. The mutineers had ordered St Fiorenzo, anchored off Sheerness, to join the rest of the ships under their control off the Nore.…

  • Pascal, C
    19th century
    World time zone calculator

    calculator, world time zone. Universal time finder with circular wooden base and a bevel glass cover. This time finder tells the time differences around the world based on the Paris Meridian. Three cardboard scales. The outer scale has a list…

  • Hicks, G. H.
    circa 1819-1827
    Violin with case

    Violin in a case belonging to Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855) and taken by him on his voyages of exploration to the Arctic.

  • C. P. Goerz
    circa 1900

    These prismatic binoculars have a leather-covered body and a leathercarrying strap. There is a central focusing wheel, as well as wheel to adjust the distance apart of the eyepieces. In addition, the right hand eyepiece is independently adjustable. The eyepieces…

  • Unknown

    Dirk, thought to have belonged to a French Naval Officer. The hilt of the dirk consists of inversed brass quillons with an additional bar on the obverse side with three small balls at its centre. The small brass pommel is…

  • Unknown
    Armillary planetarium

    This armillary planetarium is constructed from wood, covered by engraved paper. A brass Sun is in the centre, surrounded by representations of 10 planets, which are discs of card with engraved paper pasted to them, supported on metal brackets. They…

  • Unknown
    Bell from the yacht Fox (1855)

    The brass ship's bell from the yacht 'Fox' (1855), later converted in 1857 for Arctic service looking for evidence of the fate of Sir John Franklin's 1845 North West Passage Expedition under the command of Captain Francis Leopold McClintock (1819-1907).…

  • Unknown
    circa 1670
    Hour-glass/ Table Klepsydra

    A klepsydra is a kind of glass that measures time using the flow of water, rather than sand. In this 30-minute glass, water flows through four glass tubes with curved ends which pass through the cork seal between the ampoules.…

  • Unknown
    Ship's bell

    Ship's bell inscribed 'AMICALE INTERNATIONALE DES CAPITAINES AU LONG COURS CAP HORNIERS', (on plaque) 'A present from the Netherlands Section 6th June 1967'.

  • Windsor, A.O.
    before 1913
    Bango belonging to Dr Leonard Hussey

    Wood, skin and metal zither banjo, inlaid with mother of pearl which belonged to Dr L.D.A. Hussey, the meteorologist on 'Endurance'. The banjo was rescued from the ship before she sank, crushed by the ice of the Weddell Sea. Hussey…

  • Unknown
    circa 1798
    Turkish canteen

    Wooden water canteen of flat oval form, decorated in typical Ottoman style. There is elaborate gilt decoration on the flat sides, and a gilt spout, handle, and edging strips, with a short gold chain hanging from one of the suspension…

  • Unknown
    HMS Lion bass drum

    A bass drum that has been painted with the emblem of the battlecruiser HMS 'Lion'. It is also painted with battle honours for Heligoland, Dogger Bank and Jutland. The drum also has leather ropes that zig-zag around the circumference of…

  • Unknown
    circa 1588
    Greenwich (Valentia) Astrolabe

    The mariner's astrolabe was a simplified version of an instrument originally developed by Arab astronomers for measuring the height of heavenly bodies above the horizon and came into use in navigation by about 1470. In order to keep it steady…

  • Unknown
    Bronze muzzleloading smoothbore carronade

    Bronze muzzleloading smoothbore carronade. Calibre: 2.5in. Engraved with Chinese characters.

  • Unknown
    unknown, probably late 19th century
    Pair of decorative soapstone pagodas

    Pair of decorative soapstone pagodas carved in sections and assembled on metal rods. Theys were brought back from China by J. F. Green on one of his voyages. J. F. Green lived 1846-1923, which suggests the pagodas were brought back…

  • Unknown
    early 18th century
    Celestial Islamic globe

    Islamic globe. Astronomical details on the sphere include stars and constellations. A total of 83 stars are labelled, and the 48 Ptolemaic constellations are all drawn and labelled. For full details about the cartography and construction of this globe please…

  • Kirk, Thomas
    Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith (1764-1840)

    Over life-size marble statue, the sitter bare-headed, facing forwards but looking and imperiously pointing slightly down to his right with extended right arm. His left arm stretches back behind to support him on one of several pieces of ruined masonry…

  • Unknown

    Scabbard for a Japanese tachi (Military fighting sword), which belonged to Vice-Admiral Ruitaro Fujita (active 1945). The black wooden scabbard is covered with ray-skin and has two gilt copper lockets and chape.

  • Unknown
    early 19th century (probably)
    Bronze muzzleloading smoothbore lantaka

    Bronze muzzleloading smoothbore lantaka. Calibre: 1in.

  • Unknown
    Chinese flag, Lieutenant of the Vanguard Brigade

    Imperial Chinese flag acquired by Robert John Le Mesurier McClure (1807-73) during the capture of Canton in December 1857. The City of Canton was attacked by a combined British and French force. McClure led one of three divisions of the…

  • Unknown
    18th century
    Qibla indicator

    Qibla indicator, comprising a round brass box with a hinged lid and an inset magnetic compass. An invocation of Imam Ja'far (al-) Sadiq, the sixth Shiite Imam (died AD 765) is given in the centre of the inside of the…

  • Unknown

    A dao taken by Claudius Scruton Poole AB, at the bombardment and burning of Zooloo, a pirate village in NE Borneo by HMS 'Kestrel' on 21 October 1879. Steel bladed sword with carved ivory pommel, a tuft of human hair…

  • Unknown
    Late 19th century
    'Scare Devil'

    A 'Scare Devil', a carved wooden figure, the face painted red, with an open mouth, protruding tongue and pointed hat. It has earrings made of tassels of cloth, long arms, a pot belly and bent legs. This type of figure…

  • Unknown
    Painted wooden mask

    Painted wooden mask with pointed teeth and attached fibre moustache (possibly goat hair). It was used in sacred performances and portrays a demon king.

  • Unknown
    Coconut bowl

    Coconut bowl belonging to Lieutenant William Bligh (1754-1817) of the 'Bounty'. A smoothed and hollowed coconut shell, signed and dated 'W Bligh/April 1789' (initials and date are incised). Inscription in ink: 'The cup I eat my miserable allowance out.' A…

  • Unknown
    Decorated ostrich egg

    Ostrich egg, with hole at the top to blow out the contents, painted in oilswith an oval scene of African life. A tribesman stands in front of a hut with two other huts in the near foreground and a plam…

  • Unknown
    19th century
    Loango tusk

    This carved elephant tusk was produced on the Loango coast, between Cape Lopez and the Zaire River in West Africa. Loango carvers probably made it in the late 19th century for sale to European buyers. Depending on the size, the…

  • Unknown
    probably 19th century
    Burmese dha

    Burmese dha, which belonged to Captain James Samuel Watts (died 1908). The hilt of the dha consists of a two-handed, slightly curved grip, made of bamboo or a similar wood. The grip is circular in section and made in one…

  • Unknown
    19th century

    Wooden polished club of oblong section, flared at both ends, decorated with a shallow incised design. A cotton collar in the narrow section. Said to have been brought back from Captain Cook's 1776 expedition, but more likely to be a…

  • Unknown
    Cow hide Fan

    A circular shape fan made of cow hide with the brown and white hair left on. The decoration is made of red woollen trade cloth sewn on with hide thongs. The fan has a wooden hide-covered handle with carving at…

  • Unknown
    circa 1894
    Single-head drum

    A single head drum the body hollowed out of one block of wood. The head and handles made of cow hide with the hair partly left on. It has hide carrying handles. The shape is cylindro-conical with the skin indirectly…

  • Unknown
    late 19th century
    Benin chair seat

    This woodcarving is probably a stool panel from the kingdom of Benin, in today’s Nigeria. The precise date of the carving is uncertain. It may have been made as a specially commissioned object for the Oba (King) of Benin, showing…

  • Unknown
    circa 1900
    Akan gold weight

    Akan gold weight, in the form of a human figure, his hands bound. The Akan are a group of related peoples who live in central and southern Ghana and the eastern part of Côte d’Ivoire. From the late fourteenth century,…

  • Unknown
    juju pot

    A pear-shaped clay jar with a slightly flared neck and rounded base. It is decorated with horizontal incised lines. The jar was collected by Capt. Bryan Smith on 30 March 1980 from Aba River, just downstream from the bridge at…

  • Unknown
    before 1845
    Medicine chest

    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…

  • Unknown
    circa 1870

    An oval cow hide shield, reinforced down the centre with two hide strips running through slots. The reinforcement pole that should run down the back is missing. This was held in place by eight triangular pieces of hide at the…

  • Unknown
    circa 1847
    Pair of leather and wire gauze snow goggles

    A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A pair of snow goggles found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. They are made from leather with…

  • Unknown
    before 1895
    shrine figure

    A human figure carved from a single piece of wood. It is wearing a top hat and and a necklace of blue beads. It holds a wooden machette attached with a nail. The figure probably represents the spirit of an…

  • Unknown
    Sail canvas

    A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A fragment of sail canvas found at Northern Cairn, Cape Felix on 3 July 1879 by the Schwatka Search Expedition 1878-79. The item has brown stains and one selvage edge. This…

  • Shepherd, George

    A balloon used by the Franklin search expeditions for distributing messages. Red and white paper enclosed in silk net. Rescue vessels loosed hydrogen-filled balloons carrying bundles of messages stitched to lengths of fast and slow burning fuses. As the lines…

  • Unknown
    snow goggles, Inuit type

    Over thousands of years, Inuit have come up with ingenious solutions to combat the effects of harsh arctic conditions on the body. These goggles, which limit the user’s field of vision, prevent ‘snow-blindness’; a form of temporary blindness caused by…

  • Unknown
    early 19th century
    Ulu knife

    Woman's knife or ulu, used by the Inuit to flay animal carcasses. A wooden handle on a steel shaft has been riveted onto the blade. Four ulu are listed in the 1913 draft Royal Naval Museum Catalogue Franklin Room, case…

  • Unknown
    Fish hook

    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…

  • Unknown
    Lance head

    A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48, collected by the Hall Search Expedition 1864-69. A spear head on long shank made by the Inuit possibly from a silver spoon, obtained by Hall from the Pelly Bay Inuit 12…

  • Starbeck Taxidermy
    Stuffed beaver

    Beavers were the main animal traded and trapped by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Their fur was widely used in European clothing manufacture, especially hat-making. European beavers fed this market until about 1600, when over-hunting severely reduced native populations. In the…

  • Unknown
    before 1777

    A Maori long handled club, pronounced 'tefa tefa'. This is a status object of importance spiritually and ritually as well as in warfare. The flat blade would have been used to lead followers in battle, both to signal direction and…

  • Unknown
    19th century

    Boomerang from western Victoria or south east South Australia. L-shaped, one surface flattened, the other slightly curved. Typical returning type for this extended region. Sports type.

  • Unknown

    A net attached to four sticks for trapping game, probably Australian aboriginal. Collected by Sir John Franklin or his wife Jane, while he was governor of Van Diemens Land (Tasmania).

  • Unknown
    shield, parrying

    Australian aboriginal parrying shield. A long narrow shield with a hand grip carved at the back. The front is carved in diamond patterns. Collected by Sir John Franklin or his wife Jane, while he was governor of Van Diemens Land…

  • Unknown
    19th century

    Arrow possibly from the Solomon Islands with a bamboo shaft with no flights or notches for a bowstring but painted with black striped decoration. Bone barbs are secured by lashing. The barbed end is painted red with white triangles.

  • Unknown
    before 1777

    Tongan fue ('fly whisk') made either from re-using an altered spear point, or carving the handle to resemble one. The coconut fibre strands are bound onto the point. After British arrival, and the introduction of horses, later fue began to…

  • Unknown
    before 1773

    A very fine Maori kotiate or hand club. Most examples are made from whalebone, although this particular example is in wood; hardwood such as akeake or rautangi was often used for kotiate. This is a prestigious weapon and personal object,…

  • Unknown
    Post 1912
    Wooden dolphin carving

    A wooden carving in the shape of a dolphin attached to a plinth. Inscribed on the plinth are the words 'SHANNON 1912-1913'.

  • Unknown

    Siapo (bark cloth) painted freehand - siapo mananu, in red, black and yellow with triangles (trochus shell pattern) with a net pattern in the centre. The edges are cut in points. A label is sewn on inscribed: 'Samoan Dress. Made…

  • Unknown
    19th century

    A mask on a dart-shaped frame made of reeds, covered with a hair and a plaster-like composition, painted black, red and green. Identified by Dr A.L. Kaeppler as from Vanuatu.

  • Unknown

    Five whale's teeth engraved with names joined by a cord. Presented to Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Rushworth Jellicoe (1859-1935) by the hereditary chief Hon. J.A. Rabice, O.B.E. during a visit to Suva, Fiji in 1919. See Admiral Sir…

  • Wilson, Edward Adrian
    Stuffed Emperor Penguin

    Stuffed male Emperor penguin mounted on a green board in a glass case. Two blue paper labels at its feet (now removed) were inscribed: 'EMPEROR PENGUIN CAUGHT DURING CAPT SCOTT'S ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION IN DISCOVERY 1901-4', 'PRESENTED BY THE CAPTAIN, OFFICERS…