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Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2118
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Two round coat buttons covered with black silk with linen backs. They were found on a skeleton presumed to be Henry Peter Peglar (1811-48), HMS 'Terror', at Cape Herschel on 25 May 1859, by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The skeleton is more likely to be that of Peglar's friend, Thomas Armitage, Gun Room Steward, HMS 'Terror'. 'The Petty Officer was dressed in a double-breasted jacket made of fine blue cloth and edged with white silk braid, with slashed sleeves having five covered buttons on each; trousers of strong blue cloth; a blue greatcoat with large, flat, covered buttons; a black silk neckerchief; a blue and white woolen comforter; a pair of black and grey worsted mitts made on board the ship; two shirts; a pair of drawers made of Navy blanket; two pairs of stockings, one thick and the other thin; probably a Guernsey frock of blue serge; and perhaps a waistcoat'. Franklin's crews seem to have abandoned ship wearing their uniforms supplemented with additional warm clothing, some of it made on board.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials silk; linen
Measurements 3 x 30 mm
  • Buttons (AAA2118)
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