Two sword hanger spring hooks

Two gilt brass sword hanger spring hooks (clips) from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. One of the hangers includes the leather strap and a buckle at one end. The other is just the clip and 'D' shaped fitting that the original leather strap would have been attached to.

The sword hanger hooks were 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 ’Three spring hooks of sword belts'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The spring hooks (clips) were displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 78 & 80. 'Parts of sword belts found in the boat on the west shore of King William Island'. They were presented to the museum in 1892 by Miss Sophia Cracroft. The items are 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 (top, left of centre).

Object Details

ID: AAA2171
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Sword belt spring hook
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: 25 x 263 x 48 mm

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