Part of a grass cigar case

Part of a grass cigar case from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The bottom of the case has disintegrated away. The upper edge is curved. The case is made of woven fibre with horizontal stripes. Two holes left by fastenings are on the back.

The cigar case was found at the boat site in Erebus Bay by Captain F. L. McClintock's sledge team on 30 May 1859, as part of the search expedition led by McClintock The site had been visited and partially investigated by Lt. William Hobson on 24 May but his report does not list everything he saw or removed. McClintock records 'part of a grass cigar-case'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The case was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 103. 'Fragments of a grass cigar case'. The item is also 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. 5 (bottom centre with its own unreadable handwritten label).

Object Details

ID: AAA2156
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Cigar case
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: Before 1845
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: 63 x 76 x 6 mm
Parts: Part of a grass cigar case

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