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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Boot section

Accession no.: N: 774b
Object name: Boot section
Title: Boot section
Description: A toe section, cut away from boot N: 774a 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 Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 685.31
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT boots
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A toe section, cut away from a reddish-brown leather boot for the right foot (see N: 774a) to reveal the construction of the boot. The section shows the leather lower, 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 stitching is in a natural fibre (such as waxed linen).

  • Width: 70mm, height: 76mm, length: 78mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • As used on: United States Antarctic Service Expedition 1939-41 (1939 - 1941)