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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 773a
Object name: Boot
Title: Boot
Description: A red-brown leather ski boot, with the toe section (N: 773b) cut away to reveal the construction. The boot was made by G.H. Bass & Co. of Wilton, Maine, USA for the United States Antarctic Service Expedition 1939-41. This style of boot was made for use with skis, and the sole is specially constructed for the ski bindings used by the expedition.
Classified name:
SPRI theme clothing and footwear
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 685.31
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT boots
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A reddish-brown leather boot for the right foot, with the toe section cut away (see N: 773b) to reveal the construction of the boot. It has a leather upper, lower and tongue, with a leather lining and insole. The toe is further lined with a layer of cork between the leather outer and lining. The cuff is padded, and covered with a khaki-coloured brushed woollen textile. The sole is made of layers of leather with a layer of cork and textile for insulation, and is fixed together with stitching, metal nails and wooden pegs. The sole has no tread. It is marked 'G.H. BASS & CO // DOUBLE CONSTRUCTION PATENT'. The lacing consists of two pairs of metal eyelets at the base and five pairs of metal hooks at the top. There are no laces. The stitching is in a natural fibre (such as waxed linen). The boot is marked '11' inside.

  • Width: 130mm, height: 205mm, length: 340mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • As used on: United States Antarctic Service Expedition 1939-41 (1939 - 1941)