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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 20a-b
Object name: Snowshoe
Title: Snowshoe
Description: A pair of teardrop snowshoes with wooden frames and plywood panels and rawhide webbing, supplied by Camp & Sports Co-operators. They are both marked 'E.W.B.' and were used by E.W. Bingham 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 685.363
Geographic UDC (*726.3)
Getty AAT snowshoes
Number of items: 2
Full description:

A pair of teardrop snowshoes. The frame is made from a single piece of wood fixed at the tail with two metal pins. The toe bar and heel bar are morticed into the frame. There is a toe cord and toe hole. The webbing is rawhide or sinew, hexagonal in weave with large holes but is tightly woven, and wraps around the frame. There is no toe or heel webbing; instead a piece of wood has been fixed to the underside of the snowshoe with metal screws and nails. There are no bindings. Both snowshoes are marked 'EWB' (Edward William Bingham) on the underside of the wooden toe panel.

  • Width: 335mm, height: 23mm, length: 860mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Bingham, Edward William (1934 - 1937)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)