Item Records

This page shows all the information we have about this item. Both the institution that physically holds this item, and RRN members have contributed the knowledge on this page. You’re looking at the item record provided by the holding institution. If you scroll further down the page, you’ll see the information from RRN members, and can share your own knowledge too.

The RRN processes the information it receives from each institution to make it more readable and easier to search. If you’re doing in-depth research on this item, be sure to take a look at the Data Source tab to see the information exactly as it was provided by the institution.

These records are easy to share because each has a unique web address. You can copy and paste the location from your browser’s address bar into an email, word document, or chat message to share this item with others.

  • Data
  • Data Source

This information was automatically generated from data provided by National Museum of Natural History. It has been standardized to aid in finding and grouping information within the RRN. Accuracy and meaning should be verified from the Data Source tab.


From Card: "LENT TO PRINCE OF WALES NORTHERN HERITAGE CENTER, 6-3-92. LOAN RETURNED: DEC 21 1992. "Source of the information below: Inuvialuit Pitqusiit Inuuniarutait: Inuvialuit Living History, The MacFarlane Collection website, by the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre (ICRC), Inuvik, N.W.T., Canada (website credits here ), entry on this artifact , retrieved 12-30-2019: Pipe with a metal bowl and a stem made of wood. The upper part of the bowl is made from a gilt metal button and is attached to a cylindrical post with a flange at its base, also made of metal. The bowl has a shallow concavity at the top, with a hole that continues through to the stem. The pipe stem is in two longitudinal sections that have been bound together with a lashing made of hide, which also wraps around a flange at the base of the bowl, fastening it to the stem. A pick made from two iron nails is attached to the pipe by a hide thong. The button used for the pipe bowl has a message in raised letters on the underside that has been partially obstructed where the post has been attached. The message on complete specimens of this button known from other source reads: GONE N.E. OF PT BARROW / INVESTIGATOR – AUGT 1850 / ENTERPRISE – AUGT 1851 / PLOVER AT PORT CLARENCE / 1852 [in center] / SQUADRON WITH STEAMERS SEARCHING N & W / OF PARRY ISLAND 1852 / DEPOTS OF PROVISIONS / REFUGE INLET . PORT LEOPOLD / & ADMIRALTY INLET IN BARROW STRAITS These so-called 'rescue buttons' (also known as 'postal buttons') were made by the British Navy and distrtibuted to Inuit during the search for the missing 1845 Franklin Expedition. The British Navy hoped would fall into the hands of survivors of the Franklin Expedition, informing them of where they could seek help. More information here: Inuvialuit first obtained pipes and tobacco in the 1800s through indigenous trade networks that stretched through Alaska and as far as Siberia. The MacFarlane Collection includes twenty pipes of this northern style. The bowls are made from metal, wood or stone, and with one exception the pipes have curved wooden stems split along their length and held together with a skin or sinew wrapping. Commonly a pick used for tamping tobacco and cleaning the bowl is attached to the pipe.Sue Rowley (Associate Professor of Anthropology at UBC) says "A number of years ago I was fortunate to see this pipe at the Smithsonian. I did some research on the medal that forms the rim of the pipe bowl. There is an unaltered version of the medal at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, England."

Item History

With an account, you can ask other users a question about this item. Request an Account

With an account, you can submit information about this item and have it visible to all users and institutions on the RRN. Request an Account

Similar Items