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    A Group of Three Rare Reigart Artifacts from The American Polaris Arctic Expedition. The Expedition set out in the ship Polaris, commanded by Charles Francis Hall in June 1871, with the objective of reaching the North Pole. The Expedition failed in its objective, and the Polaris was wrecked near Etah, Greenland in October 1872. Hall was apparently murdered/poisoned, but the remaining members of the crew were finally rescued in July of 1873. The group includes: A nicely turned oak box in the form of an acorn, 4" high with removable lid. An ink script paper lable affixed to the bottom, "Polaris June 1871". Inside, both the top and the bottom have small ink script labels, "Polaris June 1871" and a 3 3/4" X 4 1/2" folded ink script note, "This piece (now in the form of a box (Acorn shaped) was taken by J. S. R. from the Arctic Vessel The Polaris, formerly the "(Periwinkle)" at the Navy Yard at Brooklyn on June 28th or 29th 1871". A nicely turned 4 1/2" high oak spire, with a 1" diameter base to which is affixed an ink script paper lable, "Oar Pin Boat of Polaris 1871". A 13/16" diameter, 8" long, glass cylinder, sealed at both ends with a cork and red wax, containing 6 3/4" long sliver of wood to which is attached an ink script paper lable, "Boat of Polaris". Historically important group with only a handful of known artifacts from this poorly planned and executed American Expedition.

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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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