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Arrow

AAA2108
Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2108
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Arrow 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 arrow has a copper head with a long shank, lashed to a wooden shaft. It retains its flight feathers. 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 copper; wood; feathers
Measurements 571 x 19 mm
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  • Arrow (AAA2108)
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