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AAA2092
Polar Equipment and Relics

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Object ID AAA2092
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-8. A gilt metal, Royal Naval uniform button with threads attached, as worn by commissioned officers - military and civil branch 1843-1891. It was bought from the Inuit by the McClintock Search Expedition on 3 March 1859, near Cape Victoria, on the Boothia Peninsula. Refered to in F.L. McClintock's 'The Voyage of the Fox in Arctic Seas' p. 369 as 'a few small naval and other metal buttons', p. 370 'readily sold for a few needles each, also the buttons which they wore as ornaments on their dresses.' The item is shown on - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieut. Cheyne RN at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 9.
Date made circa 1845

Artist/Maker Hasluck, Thomas H.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials gilt metal
Measurements Overall: 10 x 16 mm
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  • Button (AAA2092)
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