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A leather sailmaker's palm

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2166
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A sailmaker's palm found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. It has a thumb hole and iron eye. The device is used the push a needle through stout fabric. The buckles are missing from the ends of the straps. McClintock's party reached this site on 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before. 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 leather (cattle); iron
Measurements Overall: 45 x 138 x 105 mm
  • A leather sailmaker's palm (AAA2166)
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