Relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A silver, fiddle-pattern dessert spoon owned by Sir John Franklin (1786-1847). The back of the handle bears the Franklin crest: a conger eel's head, between two branches.

It was obtained from the Inuit at Repulse Bay in 1854 by the Rae Expedition. The Inuit said they had found the material at a camp to the north west of the mouth of the Back River where a party of Europeans had died of starvation. The spoon has London hallmarks with the date letter for 1844-55 and the maker's mark of George Adams (the initials 'GA').

It was presented to Greenwich Hospital by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 2 December 1854.

Object Details

ID: AAA2387
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Spoon
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Adams, George
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Dr John Rae, 1853-1854
Date made: 1844-45
People: Franklin, John; Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty Greenwich Hospital
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Measurements: Overall: 25 x 222 x 45 mm

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