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Snow knife

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2100
Description The knife has a two-edged blade, riveted to a wooden handle with copper and rivets and two steel reinforcing plates. The handle has a bone terminal. The item is referred to by McClintock: 'Seven knives made by the natives out of materials obtained from the last expedition'. He continues: 'The knives are made either of iron or steel, riveted to two strips of hoop, between which the handle of wood is inserted, and rivets passed through securing them together. The rivets are almost all made out of copper nails, such as would be found on a copper-fastened boat, but those which have been examined do not bear the Government mark. It is probable that most of the boats of 'Erebus' and 'Terror' were built by contract and therefore do not have the broad arrow stamped upon their iron and copper work'. A Royal Naval Museum number has been painted in white on the handle '(6)'.
Date made 1848-1859

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Canada
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials steel; bone; copper; wood
Measurements 375 x 51 x 15 mm
  • Snow knife (AAA2100)
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