Cap band

A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A gold lace cap band obtained from the Inuit at Pelly Bay by the Rae expedition on 21 April 1854. 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. A strip of gold lace has been joined up with a piece of caribou skin and a thong. The item is shown in the drawing by Edward Pulleyn (AAA3972). It was presented to Greenwich Hospital by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 2 December 1854.

Object Details

ID: AAA2082
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Cap band
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Dr John Rae, 1853-1854
Date made: 1845
People: Greenwich Hospital
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Measurements: Overall: 254 x 22 mm

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