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A glass stoppered bottle containing a white powder.

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2205
Description A glass stoppered bottle containing a white powder from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The neck is bound with thread. On a label ' Found in the boat west side of King William Island'. The bottle 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 ’two small glass stoppered bottles (full)'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366]. The bottle was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 81. 'Two medicine bottles'. 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 left corner).
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials glass
Measurements 79 x 22 mm
  • A glass stoppered bottle containing a white powder. (AAA2205)
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