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Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2181
Description A beaded silk purse sewn to a metal frame. It is decorated with a geometric pattern in red, white and blue with loops of black beads at the bottom. The beads are threaded up then knitted. It has plain weave silk lining. It belonged to a crew member of Franklin's Arctic expedition, 1845 and was found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. 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 silk; metal; glass
Measurements Overall: 13 mm x 110 mm x 70 mm
  • Purse (AAA2181)
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