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Specimen collecting tweezers

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2179
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A pair of tweezers (for collecting natural history specimens) found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The tweezers are made in two sections held together with a collar. The ends are curved and they have a suspension ring. 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 brass
Measurements 100 x 13 x 5 mm
  • Specimen collecting tweezers (AAA2179)
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