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Snow knife

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2098
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 equipment that had belonged to the Franklin expedition. The knife has a two-edged steel blade riveted to a bone handle with an upturned end. There is a suspension loop half way down the handle. It was referred to by McClintock: 'seven knives made by the natives out of materials obtained from the last expedition'. A Royal Naval Museum number has been painted in white on the handle '(3)'.
Date made 1848-1859

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Nunavut
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials steel; antler
Measurements Overall: 395 mm x 40 mm x 25 mm
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