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Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2111
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. The bone handle of a knife with a broken steel razor inserted. It was bought from the Inuit at Cape Norton, on the East Coast of King William Island, 7 May 1859 by a party from the McClintock Search Expedition (1857-59) led by McClintock himself. Referred to by McClintock as a 'handle of a desert knife, into which had been inserted a razor (since broken off) by Millikin, Strand'. Illegible letters are engraved on the handle (probably a crew member's initials). The inhabitants of King William Island had wooden bows and arrows and naval buttons like the Inuit already encountered on the Boothia Peninsula, but McClintock decided to acquire only items associated with identifiable members of the missing expedition.
Date made 1848-1859

Artist/Maker John Millikin
Place made Strand
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials bone; steel
Measurements 8 x 95 x 13 mm
  • Knife (AAA2111)
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