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Ball of worsted (wool)

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Object ID AAA2267
Description A small ball of blue wool from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Frnaklin. It was probably found at the 'Boat Place' in Erebus Bay, King William Island by the 1859 McClintock Expedition. The item was in the collections of the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich. The catalogue describes a 'ball of worsted' in the Franklin Room, Case 2 No. 95, which also includes a significant number of other items associated with the 'Boat Place'. It is shown on - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieut. Cheyne RN at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, image number 6 - centre. The Descriptive Catalogue lists it under 'No. 6. Found in the Boat...a ball of worsted' (page 21). However, it is not listed at the back of 'The Voyage of the 'Fox' in the Arctic Seas' by McClintock (see pages 366-367).
Date made circa 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wool
Measurements Overall: 13 x 38 mm
  • Ball of worsted (wool) (AAA2267)
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