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Gold regulation lace ribbon

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2173
Description A gold regulation lace ribbon sewn into a circular band from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. This may be an officer's cap band. The gold lace ribbon was found at the boat site in Erebus Bay by Captain F. L. McClintock's sledge team on 30 May 1859, as part of the search expedition led by McClintock The site had been visited and partially investigated by Lt. William Hobson on 24 May but his report does not list everything he saw or removed. McClintock records ’a gold lace band'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366]. The lace ribbon/band was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 37. 'Gold band from an officer's cap'. 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. 5 (top, near left corner).
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials textile; gold
Measurements 279 x 25 mm
  • Gold regulation lace ribbon (AAA2173)
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