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Pike-head

AAA2129
Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2129
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A pike head with a broken shank, found by Lieutenant W.R. Hobson at an abandoned camp site at Cape Felix, King William Island on 25 May 1859. The tents had been held up by boarding pikes, the heads of which had been twisted off their poles. Hobson thought the staffs had been used for firewood. The pike heads were collected by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The pike head is square in section and missing its point. Two shanks would have attached it to the staff - one is broken and the other bent back. It is stamped 'I [broad arrow] 9', 'D'.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials steel
Measurements 205 x 143 x 28 mm
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  • Pike-head (AAA2129)
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