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Cigar case

AAA2156
Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2156
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A fragment of a grass cigar case found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The bottom of the case is worn away. It is made of woven fibre with horizontal stripes, the upper edge is curved. McClintock's party reached this site on 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before on 18 May. The boat was 28 foot long and mounted on a heavy sledge. McClintock found it just above high tide mark pointing back in the direction of the ships and containing a large quantity of abandoned personal possessions and two skeletons.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials grass
Measurements 63 x 76 x 6 mm
Parts
  • Cigar case (AAA2156)
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