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A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-1848. A bone-handled table knife inscribed with initials of Cornelius Hickley, Caulker's Mate, HMS 'Terror'. Hickey was 24 at the time of the expedition and came from Limerick. Obtained from the Inuit at Repulse Bay in 1854 by the Rae Expedition. The Inuit said that they had found the material at a camp to the north west of the mouth of the Back River where a party of Europeans had died of starvation. The handle and blade have become separated. The maker's name on the blade is 'Millikin 301 Strand London'. This company made surgical instruments. The handle has a suspension hole at the end and is carved with the initials 'C.H.' on one side and 'HICKEY on the other side. The item is shown in the drawing by Edward Pulleyn AAA3972 and in the 'Illustrated London News' November 4 1854 p. 433. It was presented to Greenwich Hospital by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 2nd December 1854.
- Image reference: S0633-001
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London