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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 774a
Object name: Boot
Title: Boot
Description: A red-brown leather ski boot, with the toe section (N: 774b) 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 general use around camp and on short trips, and is made to accommodate two pairs of socks and sennegrass. It also has removable spikes in the sole which can be worn or removed depending on the condition.
Classified name:
SPRI theme clothing and footwear
Current place name Antarctica
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: 774b) to reveal the construction of the boot. It has a leather upper, lower and tongue, with a leather lining and insole. The sole is made of layers of leather with a layer of cork for insulation, and is fixed together with stitching. The sole has no tread; instead pointed metal studs have been screwed into the sole, which has in-built metal screw sockets to take the studs. The sole is marked 'G.H. BASS & CO // DOUBLE CONSTRUCTION PATENTED'. The lacing consists of four pairs of metal eyelets at the base and three pairs of metal hooks at the top. The laces are leather. The stitching is in a natural fibre (such as waxed linen).

  • Width: 130mm, height: 370mm, length: 340mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • As used on: United States Antarctic Service Expedition 1939-41 (1939 - 1941)