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Double-barrelled shotgun


Object details:

Object ID AAA2531
Description Shotgun taken on the Franklin Expedition, 1845-47. One of a pair with AAA2612. It has a walnut stock, the grip is chequered and the butt plate is made of steel. The gun has a broad steel trigger guard with a pineapple-type finial, which protects two triggers - one long and sweeping, the other short and stubby. The lock is a twin percussion lock with steel hammers and a steel lockplate. The two steel barrels are secured to the stock by a flat brass pin set in a brass plate. Sir John Franklin with two ships, the 'Erebus' and 'Terror', set out in 1845 to the Arctic. It was his third expedition to discover the North West passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. All 134 officers and men perished in the attempt, most of them on King William Island in the Arctic Ocean. It was Captain McClintock's search expedition in 1859 that discovered their fate. The shotguns were found in a boat mounted on a sledge containing two skeletons and the remains of equipment and personal possessions on the west coast of King William Island. These relics were brought back to England by Captain McClintock.
Date made circa 1840

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials wood (walnut); steel; brass
Measurements Overall: 110 x 1170 x 50 mm
  • Double-barrelled shotgun (AAA2531)
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