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Fork and spoon relics of Sir John Franklin's last expedition
A silver spoon and fiddle-pattern table fork owned by Sir John Franklin (1786-1847). The back of the handle bears the Franklin crest, a conger eel's head between two branches. The fork has London hallmarks, the date code for 1844-1845 and the maker's mark of George Adams, the initials 'GA'.
It was bought from the Inuit at Cape Norton, on the East Coast of King William Island, 7 May 1859 by a party from the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-1859 led by McClintock himself. The inhabitants of King William Island had wooden bows and arrows and naval buttons like the Inuit already encountered on the Boothia Peninsula, but McClintock decided to acquire only items associated with identifiable members of the missing expedition.
- Image reference: D4483
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London