Franklin relics, Polar Equipment and Relics

The Collection

Your selection

Title

Actions

Buy this image Add this to a collection
Tags
Share or embed this object  


Please contact the Picture Library if you would like to use this record and image under licence.

Seven brimstone matches

AAA2142
Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2142
Description Seven wooden brimstone matches from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. Each match is a flat sliver of wood. Traces of sulphur are visible on the ends of three matches. The matches were found by Lieutenant William R. Hobson's sledge team on 3 May 1859 at an abandoned camp site at Cape Felix, King William Island, as part of the search expedition led by Captain F. L. McClintock. Hobson described finding them: 'Round and in the fire places several brimstone matches, some of which had been lighted...' [Stenton, 'Arctic' v.69, No. 4, p. 515]. McClintock recorded them as 'some brimstone matches' [McClintock, 'Voyage of the Fox' (1860), p.368]. One of the matches is marked with white paint on the front '(8)' indicating that it was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 5, No. 8 'Common brimstone matches'. The item is also shown in - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieutenant Cheyne RN, at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 1.
Date made circa 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials wood; sulphur
Parts
Help us

Do you know more about this?

Share your knowledge