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Snow knife

AAA2062
Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2062
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48 obtained from the Inuit at Repulse Bay in 1854 by the Rae Expedition. A table knife which has been converted to a snow knife by the Inuit (snow knives were used to cut blocks of snow for building igloos). The curved steel blade is marked 'WIGFALL & CO'. It has been attached to a long wooden handle by two steel strips fixed by rivets. The wooden handle has a half-moon shaped bone pommel on the end secured by bone plates and bone pins.
Date made circa 1845

Artist/Maker Wigfall & Co
Place made Canada
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection
Materials steel; wood; bone
Measurements Overall: 478 x 57 x 13 mm
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  • Snow knife (AAA2062)
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