A stick of red sealing wax

A stick of red sealing wax from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The stick is broken into three pieces. One end shows signs of being used.

The sealing wax 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 ’piece of red sealing-wax'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 367].

The sealing wax was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 70. 'Piece of sealing-wax'. The item is also shown (in one piece) 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).

Object Details

ID: AAA2182
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Sealing wax
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: Overall: 12 mm x 70 mm x 17 mm
Parts: A stick of red sealing wax

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