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A steel-rimmed snow goggle eyepiece, with a slitted willow lens.

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2125
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Half of a pair of steel-rimmed spectacles made into snow goggles. One eyepiece remains, the lens has been replaced by a circular, concave piece of wood with a slit across the centre. This was intended to cut down the glare from the snow and prevent snow blindness. The bridge of the spectacles is padded with thread. The item was found by Lieutenant William R. Hobson at an abandoned camp site at Cape Felix, King William Island on 25 May 1859. It was collected by the McClintock Search Expedition and described by McClintock as 'part of a pair of steel spectacles, glass being replaced by wood, having a narrow slit in it'.
Date made circa 1845-47

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials steel; willow
Measurements 70 x 38 mm
  • A steel-rimmed snow goggle eyepiece, with a slitted willow lens. (AAA2125)
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