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Curtain rod

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2228
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Two pieces of a curtain rod found near Ross Cairn, Point Victory, King William Island on 2 June 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The rods are hollow, bent and with flattened ends. They were possibly brought on shore for use in trading with any Inuit encountered. It has also been suggested that these non-magnetic poles were used in magnetic research, part of the objectives of the expedition. The crews of 'Erebus' and 'Terror' landed just to the south of Point Victory after abandoning their ships. The expedition deposited a written record and abandoned many heavy and superfluous possessions including a four foot pile of unmarked clothes.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass
Measurements Overall: 562 x 17 mm
  • Curtain rod (AAA2228)
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