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Tin tea or coffee canister.

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2131
Description A square tin tea or coffee canister from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The canister is made of lacquered tin, with a rectangular body and a round neck and a cap. The canister is possibly the one found on 6 May 1859 by Lieutenant W. R. Hobson near a cairn about 3.5 to 4 miles north of Point Victory. He describes leaving 'an empty tea or coffee cannister [sic]' with stones piled around it. [Stenton, 'Arctic' v.69, No. 4, p. 515]. McClintock recorded that he 'brought away an empty tea or coffee canister' from the same place in late May/early June [McClintock, 'Voyage of the Fox' (1860), p.368]. The canister is marked in white paint with '(6) TEA CANISTER BROUGHT TO ENGLAND BY SIR F.L. McCLINTOCK. R.N. KNT. "FOX" EXPEDITION, 1859.' indicating that it was displayed in the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 11, No. 6 'Tea canister'. The item is also shown on - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieutenant J. Cheyne RN, at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 1.
Date made Before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials tin; lacquer
Measurements 255 x 175 x 110 mm
  • Tin tea or coffee canister. (AAA2131)
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