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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Ice axe

Accession no.: N: 1079t
Object name: Ice axe
Title: Ice axe
Description: A long-handled ice axe, marked 'Robert Lawrie Ltd'. Part of the equipment for a fully laden sledge as used on the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola).
Classified name:
SPRI theme personal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > British Antarctic Territory > Maritime Antarctic > Antarctic Peninsula > Graham Land
UDC 685.727
Geographic UDC (*726.3)
Getty AAT
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A long-handled ice axe. The metal head has a pick with teeth on the underside on one side and an adze on the other, and is stamped with the name of the supplier/manufacturer, 'ROBERT LAWRIE Ltd'. The head is attached to the handle by means of a split socket and rivets. The handle is made of wood and is oval in cross-section. It has a metal cap around the end, and traces of a paper label in the middle. The axe has a canvas webbing leash with a single metal adjustor, attached to the shaft with a metal ring; and there is a metal leash stop 1/3 of the way from the end of the handle to prevent the leash slipping off the end of the axe.

  • Width: 295mm, length: 843mm, depth: 38mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • As used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)