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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection




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Accession no.: N: 105a
Object name: Sole
Title: Sole
Description: A specially-strengthened canvas sole with metal spikes, for wearing over finnesko when travelling over rough or slippery ice. Designed by members of the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) and made by Edgar Evans and William Lashly.
Artist: |Evans, Edgar||Lashly, William|
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: 1
Full description:

A specially-strengthened canvas sole with nine metal points (six at the toe and three at the heel). It is shovel-shaped and is open at the toe. It is made from two layers of canvas, with a metal plate attached at the toe and heel. The toe plate has sixteen holes and is fixed with eight metal nails; the heel plate has ten holes and is fixed with six metal nails. The nails each have a metal and leather washer on the inside of the sole. A strip of leather protrudes out from under the heel plate. The side edges of the sole are stitched with string. The left side edge of the sole has four string loops while the right edge has two string loops in the middle, and a leather thong attached at either side – this forms the lacing and is how the sole is attached to the wearer's foot.

  • Width: 85mm, height: 85mm, length: 395mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)
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