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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Ice axe

Accession no.: Y: 2011/55/18
Object name: Ice axe
Title: Ice axe
Description: Ice axe, collected by Brian Jefford, FIDS surveyor at Hope Bay, in 1948.
Classified name:
SPRI theme expedition equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > British Antarctic Territory > Maritime Antarctic > Antarctic Peninsula > Trinity Peninsula
UDC 685.727
Geographic UDC (*726.50)
Getty AAT axes
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A long-handled ice axe. The metal head has a pick with teeth on the underside on one side and an adze on the other. It is stamped on one side with the name of the manufacturer, 'FRANÇOIS SIMOND & FILS // CHAMONIX. MONT-BLANC' and on the other with the name of the supplier, 'ROBERT LAWRIE LTD // LONDON W1 // MADE IN FRANCE'. It is also stamped 'Simond Special B'. The head is attached to the handle by means of a split socket and rivets. The handle is made of wood and is oval in cross-section; it has been varnished. It has a metal cap around the end, with a metal spike protruding from the butt.

  • Width: 315mm, length: 905mm, depth: 68mm
Associated person(s):
  • User: Jefford, Brian (1948 - 1949)
Associated expedition(s):
  • : Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey 1945-62 (1948 - 1949)