Shot held in three fingers of kid-leather gloves

Three fingers from kid-leather gloves containing lead shot from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The leather is spotted from the lead shot and the seams have split.

The three glove fingers with shot were found at the boat site in Erebus Bay by Lieutenant William R Hobson's sledge team on 24 May 1859, as part of the search expedition led by McClintock. Lt Hobson's report states'... several double charges of shot tied up in the fingers of kid gloves' [Stenton, Arctic' v.69, No. 4, p. 518]. McClintock visited the site on 30 May and records 'three shot charges in kid glove fingers'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The kid gloves and shot are not recorded as being displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich. They are shown in - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieutenant Cheyne RN, at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 7 (top, right of centre) with its own label 'Shot Charges in fingers of Kid Gloves'.

Object Details

ID: AAA2151
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Shot in glove fingers
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, McClintock, 1857-1859
Vessels: Fox (1855)
Date made: 1848
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: 62 x 26 x 19 mm

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