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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 103a-b
Object name: Crampon
Title: Crampon
Description: A pair of crampons, metal and leather, each with five metal spikes. This was the first type of crampon made in England for the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery). The design was found to be unsuitable as it allowed snow to get between the footwear and the crampon.
Classified name:
SPRI theme personal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 685.721
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT ice creepers
Number of items: 2
Full description:

A crampon consisting of a rectangular metal plate, bent at right angles on each of the short edges. 5 metal spikes project downward from the base of the plate (one near each corner and one in the centre). A rectangular strip of thick leather has been fixed inside the plate by means of four metal rivets on the sole and two on each side with a hole for a third which appears to have been deliberately left empty or has had the rivet intentionally removed. The leather strip extends beyond the metal on each side, and has two holes with metal eyelets on either side to take the brown string laces. Each crampon has one long lace which feeds through the eyelets. A string loop has been tied through the hole for the 'missing' rivet on either side; and a short lace has been tied to one of the loops (note that the short lace is tied to the loop on the same side on either crampon – they are not mirror images). (b) also has a piece of metal wire through one of the lace holes, and textile wound round the end of the laces.

  • Width: 125mm, height: 80mm, depth: 65mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)