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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection




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Accession no.: N: 25b
Object name: Snowshoe
Title: Snowshoe
Description: A small oval snowshoe with a wooden frame and string webbing of Swiss design (one of a pair, see N: 25b). 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 685.363
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT snowshoes
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A single bearpaw snowshoe, with straight sides and rounded ends, similar to the type known as 'racquettes à neige' or 'schneereifen'. The frame is made from wood (probably ash) which has been spliced, overlapped and nailed in place. There is no toe bar, heel bar or toe bar. The webbing is string, and is woven through evenly-spaced holes in the frame. It criss-crosses from side to side, over and under two cords running the length of the snowshoe, and around the frame. There is a metal ring attached to the webbing on either side of the snowshoe. Threaded onto the central cords is a brown textile webbing foot plate with a blue striped design which runs the length of the snowshoe. The binding consists of a leather-covered metal bar which is wrapped around the central cord and runs across the foot panel on the underside to which two textile webbing straps are attached – a short one to go over the toe, and a long one to wrap around the foot (presumably passing through the metal rings).

  • Width: 260mm, height: 38mm, length: 465mm
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)
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