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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection

 

Snowshoe

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Accession no.: Y: 60/10
Object name: Snowshoe
Title: Snowshoe
Description: A teardrop snowshoe which belonged to Captain Lawrence E.G. Oates, British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova).
Classified name:
SPRI theme personal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 685.363
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT snowshoes
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A single teardrop snowshoe, with a pointed toe and long tail. It is very lightweight. The wooden frame is very narrow and is made from a single piece bound at the tail with sinew. The toe bar and heel bar are very narrow, and are morticed into the frame. There is a toe cord and toe hole. The webbing is probably sinew and is hexagonal in weave. The body webbing is wrapped around the frame, toe cord and heel bar; the toe and heel webbing is wrapped through holes drilled in the frame and is much tighter than in the body. The holes in the frame have been padded with red fabric to stop the tension pulling the webbing all the way through the wood. The snowshoe has no bindings.

Dimensions:
  • Width: 265mm, height: 17mm, length: 915mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Oates, Lawrence Edward Grace (1910 - 1912)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)
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