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Coil of twisted gold thread covered cord

AAA2174
Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2174
Description Two short lengths gold thread covered cord twisted together and coiled from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The coil of cord 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 piece of thin gold twist or cord'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366]. The cord was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 10. 'a piece of gold cord'. 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 gold
Measurements 51 mm
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  • Coil of twisted gold thread covered cord (AAA2174)
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