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Letter Opener


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Nom de l'objet : Letter Opener
Type de l'objet : Knife, Utility
Classification de l'objet : Man-made artefact
Catégorie de l'objet : Unclassifiable Artefacts
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Multiple Use Artefacts
Discipline : Local History
Matériaux : Metal
Wood
Technique de fabrication : Carced
Cast
Numéro d'accession : NoAccession13
Province d'utilisation : Newfoundland and Labrador
Pre-confederation Newfoundland
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Dominion of Newfoundland
Culture : Canadian
Dominion of Newfoundland
Secteur géo-culturel : North America
Contexte culturel : Souvenir
Date de début de production : 1845
Date de fin de production : 1900
Période : 2nd Half 19th Century
Description : This artefact is a letter opener made of wood from the stern post of a sailing ship. The opener has a flat wooden blade that is rounded at the top. As it progresses toward the handle the blade flares out into an oval shape. The handle is marked by a metal collar that encases a section of the wood.
Commentaires : The letter opener has been made from the stern post of one of the ships used in Sir John Franklin's 1845-47 polar expedition. Sir John Franklin was an experienced officer in Britain's Royal Navy. He served with the navy at the battle of Copenhagen in 1801, the battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and the battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. He was also an experienced explorer, having explored the coast of Australia and mapped over 3000 miles of British North America's north coast. In 1845 Franklin set out with two ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, to map the North West Passage. Franklin set out in April of 1845 with ships loaded with enough provisions for three years. Franklin was never heard from again. His ships had become stuck in ice and abandoned by the crew who were lost in the arctic and were thought to have starved to death on one of the many islands. Years later explorers found the bodies of a few of Franklins crew but Franklin himself was never found. Autopsies conducted on the bodies of his crew in the 1980's, showed that they died from lead poisoning due to faulty seals on their canned provisions.
Fonctions : The letter opener was used at Sir Robert Bond's Whitbourne estate known as 'The Grange.
Longueur : 17
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Nombre de parties composantes : 1
Nom des parties composantes : knife
Objets associés : Also See NoAccession02
NoAccession06
NoAccession17
NoAccession18
Établissement : Whitbourne Museum
Ville de l'établissement : Whitbourne
Province de l'établissement : Newfoundland and Labrador
Site web de l'établissement : http://www.manl.nf.ca/index.php/component/mtree/regional-listings/avalon/whitbourne-museum.html  

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