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Sword belt spring hook

AAA2171
Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2171
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Two sword belt spring hooks found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. Two gilt brass spring clips held together, one still has a black leather strap attached. 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 They were presented to the museum by Miss Sophia Cracroft in 1892.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials gilt brass; leather
Measurements 25 x 263 x 48 mm
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  • Sword belt spring hook (AAA2171)
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