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Snow knife

AAA2097
Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2097
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Snow knife bought from the Inuit by the McClintock Search Expedition on 3 March 1859, near Cape Victoria, on the Boothia Peninsula. The item is made from materials salvaged from discarded equipment belonging to the Franklin expedition. The steel, two edged-blade is riveted to steel reinforcing plates with iron and copper rivets. A long bone handle is bound on with plated rawhide. This has a curved end and is pierced for a suspension loop. The snow knife would have been used to cut blocks of snow to build igloos.
Date made 1848-1859

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Nunavut
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials steel; antler; copper
Measurements Overall: 460 x 60 x 30 mm
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