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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Toe strap

Accession no.: N: 41
Object name: Toe strap
Title: Toe strap
Description: A leather toe strap attached to a piece of wood to simulate a ski. As used 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 685.363.5
Geographic UDC (*726.3)
Getty AAT snow skis
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A piece of wood, simulating a ski, with a leather toe strap which enables the foot to be slipped out relatively easily but with a sealskin footplate with the bristles pointing forward, which prevents the foot slipping out too easily. The wood is wrapped on the underneath with a length of sealskin (laced over the top of the ski) with the bristles pointing backwards, which allows the ski to only slide forward. On the underside is a piece of wire fixed with two nails, suggesting this object was previously hung for display.

  • Width: 120mm, height: 60mm, length: 635mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • As used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)