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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection

 

Boot

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Accession no.: Y: 75/10/1-2
Object name: Boot
Title: Boot
Description: A pair of 'Extreme Cold Vapor Barrier Boots (Type II)', also known as 'bunny boots', issued by the United States Antarctic Research Programme. Used by David Drewry in Antarctica in 1969, although the inside of each boot is printed with the date 15 December 1978.
Classified name:
SPRI theme clothing and footwear
Current place name Antarctic regions
UDC 685.31
Geographic UDC (*7)
Getty AAT boots
Number of items: 2
Full description:

A pair of white 'Extreme Cold Vapor Barrier Boots (Type II)', also known as 'bunny boots', issued by the United States Antarctic Research Programme (1 = left, 2 = right). Each boot is made from a single piece of textile-lined rubber forming the back, sides and front piece of the boot. The lacing consists of six pairs of metal eyelets, which are positioned in additional panels fixed to the sides of the boot. The laces are made of white cord and have plastic ends. Each boot has a textile lining. The sole consists of up to one inch of wool and felt insulation sandwiched between two layers of rubber, and has a thick tread. There is a metal air valve on the ankle of each boot – these must be opened prior to flying to ensure that the air pressure differential between the walls of the boot and the outside air does not cause the boots to rupture. The boots are marked 'KEEP DOUBLE LACED TO HOLD FIRMLY' by each toe, 'FOLD GUSSET THIS SIDE ONLY' by the outer set of eyelets, 'OPEN // KEEP CLOSED UNLESS AIRBORNE' by the valve, and 'N-F // US // 3.7B // 9R' at the back. The inside of each boot is stamped 'DEC 15 1978 // CONTRACT NO. // DLA 100-78-C-0707' and 'B21' is written next to it in marker pen. The sole is marked 'BATA'.

Dimensions:
  • Width: 125mm, height: 275mm, length: 340mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Drewry, David John (1969 - 1969)
Associated organisation(s):
  • Used by: United States Antarctic Research Programme ( - )