Gilt brass sword hanger spring hook

A gilt brass sword hanger spring hook (clip) from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The hanger still has a narrow leather strap looped through the hook and held together at the top by a brass stud.

The sword hanger hook 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 ’A spring hook for a sword belt'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 367].

There is no entry in the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, catalogue specifically for this item. Case 2, No. 78 & 80 relate to AAA2171. The item is 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: AAA2172
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 102 x 45 mm

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