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Packet of needles

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2133
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. They were collected by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. A packet of needles found by Lieutenant W.R. Hobson at an abandoned camp site at Cape Felix, King William Island on 25 May 1859. The needles were found in the smallest tent which was probably occupied by the officers. They are likely to have been brought to trade with the Inuit. The needles are in a brown paper packet with a green printed label 'F. BARNES & Co. Superfine White Chapel SHARPS, No. 4 LONDON'.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker F. Barnes & Co
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials steel; paper
Measurements Overall: 2 mm x 47 mm x 24 mm
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