The Collections

Collectables (Americas / Canada)

Created: 25.04.14


  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Unknown
    before 1845
    AAA2224
    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 1847
    AAA2163
    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
    1845
    AAA2245
    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
    1852-3
    Y2000.023
    Balloon

    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
    AAA4314
    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
    4G10.031
    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
    401
    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
    1848-1864
    AAA2639
    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
    1983
    W1983-39
    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…

  • Wilson, Edward Adrian
    1901-4
    AAA4136
    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…

  • Unknown
    late 18th century
    AAA3361
    Writing desk

    This escritoire belonged to Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839). Writing cabinet on ornate pedestal stand ending in four scroll feet and base plinth. Two sliding shelves with shaped fronts and six small drawers. Two further secret drawers concealed behind…