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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Ice axe

Accession no.: N: 21
Object name: Ice axe
Title: Ice axe
Description: A long-handled ice axe used by Lieutenant Charles Royds on the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery).
Classified name:
SPRI theme personal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 685.727
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A long-handled ice axe. The metal head has a pick on one side and an adze on the other, and is stamped with the name of the supplier/manufacturer, 'AMS[?]SSER // VISP'. 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 with a metal spike protruding from the tip.

  • Width: 238mm, length: 1093mm, depth: 55mm
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)