Sledge compass used in search for Sir John Franklin and the ships 'Erebus' and 'Terror'

Made:
1845-1850
SMG00063703

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Sledge compass in velvet-lined leather case, with lid and case connected by metal strap, unsigned, British, 1845-1850. Used in the Arctic between 1850 and 1853 by the sledge parties searching for Sir John Franklin and his ships the Erebus and the Terror.

Details

Category:
Navigation
Object Number:
1876-809/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (metal), leather, metal (unknown), paper (fibre product), textile and velvet
type:
magnetic compass
credit:
Admiralty Hydrographic Department