Dutch ice skates with curled blades



Fig.1: Dutch ice skates with curled blades, c.1850

Sturdy, heavily built ice skates with a mighty curl. The circular slot at the rear and the fiddle shaped platforms are reliable indications for their age. The blades end at the rear in a flat threaded eye (detail 1a) in which a screw was turned from the topside as to connect platform and blade. At the front of the blade a hook was forged, that clamped into a slot (detail 1b). By varying the angle of the hook the play between wood and iron could be reduced (detail 1c).
In 1975 the collection of The virtual Ice Skates Museum started with the purchase of this wonderful pair of skates.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 44 cm; height over ice: 3.8 cm; platforms: 31 cm long, 6.5 cm wide; runner blades: 17 mm tall, 4 mm thick; weight: 400 g


Fig.2: Dutch ice skates with curled blades, c.1800

The blades of these ice skates have been made of wrought iron. The slot at the rear originally has been circular but was made rectangular at a later date. These data and the fiddle shaped platforms are reliable indications for their age. The mark is difficult to read but the name 'SCHULTE' cannot be missed. 

Manufacturer: ?.Schulte & Zonen, unknown town
Mark: detail 2

Technical data: total length: 38.5 cm; height over ice: 4 cm; platforms: 27 cm long, 6 cm wide; runner blades: 22 mm tall. 4 mm thick; weight: 335 g

Fig.3: Dutch ice skates with curled blades, c.188
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The blacksmith's mark in these skates is well known. This makes it easy to date them. They have been made by Theo Vlieg who was a blacksmith at Bodegraven between 1865 and 1896. 'Vlieg' means 'fly' in English and if you look with a bit of phantasy you will recognise a sitting fly with a T on its back.

Manufacturer: Th. Vlieg, Bodegraven
Mark: detail 3b
 Technical data: total length: 33.5 cm; height over ice: 3.5 cm; platforms: 24 cm long, 6 cm wide; runner blades: 17 mm tall, 3.5 mm thick; weight: 260 g


Fig.4: Dutch iceskates with curled blades, c.1800


Linschoten model. Beautiful, elegant ice skates with brass inlays in the form of a French lily (detail 4). The brass inlay at the rear of the left platform is not a decoration but a repair to prevent the wood from tearing. The lilies together with circular slots at the rear and the fiddle shaped platforms are reliable indications for their age.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 39 cm; height over ice: 2.7 cm; platforms: 28 cm long, 6 cm wide; runner blades: 10 cm tall, 3.5 mm thick; weight: 225 g


Fig.5: Dutch skates with curled blades, c. 1880

A pair of simple ladies skates. These skates have the same look as the ones in figure 6 but the design of the neck and the hook is quite different (details 5b and 6a). It is unclear whether these differences indicate that these skates have been made made in different regions, but it is very likely.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 31 cm;  height over ice: 3 cm; platforms: 25 long, 5.5 cm wide; runner blades: 12 mm tall, 2.5 mm thick; weight: 190 g


Fig.6: Dutch ice skates with curled blades, c.1880

A pair of simple ladies skates. As stated above the design differs from that in figure 5.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 28.5 cm; height over ice: 2.8 cm; platforms: 24 cm long, 5 cm wide; runner blades: 12 mm tall, 2.5 mm thick; weight: 150 g

 








 


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detail 4


 


detail 5a


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detail 6a


detail 6b
 

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