West-Friesland speed skates


Fig.1: West-Friesland speed skates, around 1890
West-Friesland speed skates are characterized by their huge turned back necks. They give the impression of wood covered curls. Though these ice skates have been made in Germany they represent the family of West-Friesland skates well. West-Friesland is a region in the province of Holland. The platforms have a much sought decoration in that they have black smother marks. At the bottom of the platforms of these skates the initials J.K. have been painted in gold (detail 1b). These skates belonged to Jan Koning, house painter at Hoorn, West-Friesland.

Manufacturer: J.G. Walter, Remscheid (D); mark:
see detail 1c
Technical data: total length: 37 cm, height over ice 3.5 cm;  platforms: 24 cm long, 6 cm wide; runner blades: 15 mm tall, 4 mm thick; weight: 310 g

Fig.2: West-Friesland speed skates, around 1910

Younger West-Friesland skates have less pronounced necks. These skates were painted yellow, the other traditional West-Friesland colour.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 37 cm, height over ice: 3.5 cm; platforms: 24 cm long, 6 cm wide; runner blades: 15 mm tall, 4 mm thick; weight: 310 g

Fig.3: West-Friesland speed skates, around 1925

This pair shows the influence of industrial skate making. The skates are elegant and have a minimum weight. But it is still clearly visible that it concerns the West-Friesland model.
 
Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 38 cm, height over ice: 2.9 cm; platforms: 28 cm long, 5 cm wide; runner blades: 14 mm tall, 3 mm thick; weight: 210 g
 













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detail 3a
 

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