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Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2106
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Bow 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 wooden bow is D-shaped, strung and heavily backed with sinew with pieces of leather and bone plates underneath. Referred to by McClintock: 'some bows and arrows, in which wood, iron or copper has been used in the construction - of no other interest [...] Bows and arrows were readily exchanged for knives'.
Date made 1848-1859

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Canada
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials wood; sinew; skin
Measurements 1130 x 55 x 35 mm
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