Gold regulation lace ribbon

A gold regulation lace ribbon sewn into a circular band from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. This may be an officer's cap band.

The gold lace ribbon 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 gold lace band'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The lace ribbon/band was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 37. 'Gold band from an officer's cap'. 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 (top, near left corner).

Object Details

ID: AAA2173
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Ribbon
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: 279 x 25 mm

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