Sewing kit, owned by Dr John Rae

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Postcard of Sewing kit, owned by Dr John Rae.
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Sewing kit, owned by Dr John Rae

This sewing kit was used by Dr John Rae (1813-93) to make and mend clothes in the Arctic. It was given to him by Miss Eleanor Franklin, daughter of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, who went missing with his expedition in 1845.

The kit is covered in black leather and includes scissors, a thimble, needles and buttons.

Dr John Rae was one of many Scots who explored the Arctic. He is particularly remembered for his role in the search for Sir John Franklin's missing team, as well as unique polar survey and exploration work.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-046-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.L.304.211
Date: 19th century
Material: Black leather and iron
Dimensions: 5.00" L
What: Needle book / sewing kit
Who: John Rae, M.D., LL.D., F.R.S. (Owner)
Miss Franklin (Maker)
Where: Canada
Description: Folding needle book made for John Rae, used by him to make and mend clothes in the Arctic: English, Miss Franklin, 19th century
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