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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Pony snowshoe

Accession no.: N: 1130
Object name: Pony snowshoe
Title: Pony snowshoe
Description: A pony snowshoe, made of bamboo and leather, used on the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova). One of two (N: 24a-b). Success or failure of the snowshoes was largely dependent on the temperament of the pony.
Classified name:
SPRI theme animal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 636.1.1 : 796.921
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT snowshoes
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A pony snowshoe. It consists of a piece of bamboo/cane coiled round three times and bound in four places with wire which has been wrapped round and round. In the centre is a metal ring which is fixed to the bamboo frame by means of six metal loops (one end looped round the ring and the other looped round the frame). Attached to the metal loops are two rounded 'M'-shaped frames made of twisted plant fibre wrapped with leather – each point of each 'M' is attached to a loop. There is a leather thong fitted to one of the 'M's. The hoof of the pony would be inserted between the two frames and lashed in place with the thong.

  • Height: 120mm, diameter: 250mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)