Chronometer box

French, London c.1830

Remains of mahogany box from chronometer No.4214


Upper half and lid from a three-tier, brass-bound, mahogany box, now measuring 112mm high, 197mm wide, and 197mm deep.

The lid has a recess for an inlaid lozenge-shaped brass plate, now missing, and has butt hinges, opening to 90°, originally to reveal a glass panel, only the groove round the inside of the box now remaining. Four screw holes in the lid indicate it was screwed down at some stage. The front of the upper half has a brass push-button lid catch with an inlaid brass ‘petal’ escutcheon, and with a circular ivory tablet, engraved: “ 8 DAYS / ↑ / FRENCH / 4214”, below. Two iron nails project from the upper front of the box. The base to the box is formed with a pine panel, nailed up to the original lower edges of the upper part of the box.


The box is basically a relic and is in fragile and damaged condition throughout. There are two large and one smaller crack running across the lid, and a wide crack across the pine base of the box.

Object Details

ID: AAA2233
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Chronometer box
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, Hall, 1864-1869
Date made: Before 1845
People: Hall, Charles Francis
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: Overall: 116 x 190 x 190 mm

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