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Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2109
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 discarded equipment belonging to the Franklin expedition. The arrow has a iron head riveted to a length of bone, 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 iron; wood; antler; feathers
Measurements Overall: 533 x 13 mm
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