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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection

 

Snowshoe

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Accession no.: N: 131a-b
Object name: Snowshoe
Title: Snowshoe
Description: A pair of teardrop style snowshoes with wooden frames and sinew webbing. Used by Lieutenant Charles Royds on the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery). One of the snowshoes is faintly marked 'Royds'.
Classified name:
SPRI theme personal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 685.363
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT snowshoes
Number of items: 2
Full description:

A pair of snowshoes with toe bindings only. Each has a wooden frame made from a single piece of wood which has been bent into a teardrop shape with a long tail at the back. The two ends of the frame are held together with two wooden pins and a sinew tie. A slightly curved wooden toe bar and heel bar have been fitted into the frame with a mortice and tenon joint, and held in place by the tension of the webbing. The webbing is made from sinew and woven in a hexagonal fashion. The webbing beyond the toe bar and heel bar is made of narrower sinew with a finer mesh, and has been tied through holes drilled in the frame and the toe/heel bar; the mesh in the central part is made of thicker sinew with a wider mesh and has been tied through holes drilled in the frame and with additional lapping around the frame and around the toe and heel bar. The binding consists of a long strip of rawhide (approximately 25 mm wide) which has been fed through two circular holes created in the webbing for the purpose and also through the mesh of the webbing below the toe hole. One of the snowshoes has the name 'Royds' written very faintly in ink. The other snowshoe has a piece of string tied across it, which appears to be a later addition and was probably used to hang the shoe from.

Dimensions:
  • Width: 400mm, height: 20mm, length: 1070mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Royds, Charles William Rawson (1901 - 1904)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)