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A stick of red sealing wax

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Object details:

Object ID AAA2182
Description A stick of red sealing wax from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The stick is broken into three pieces. One end shows signs of being used. The sealing wax 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 ’piece of red sealing-wax'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 367]. The sealing wax was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 70. 'Piece of sealing-wax'. The item is also shown (in one piece) 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 left).
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials shellac
Measurements 10 x 70 x 19 mm
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