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Cobbler's awl

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Object details:

Object ID AAA2217
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A cobbler's awl found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. It has a turned wooden handle marked with a broad arrow. The steel point is protected by a cork. The tool was probably carried to repair boots. 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 steel; wood; cork
Measurements Overall: 124 x 25 mm
  • Cobbler's awl (AAA2217)
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