American ice skates with curled blades



Fig.1: American skates with large curls, c.1880

Charming, elegant hand made pair of skates with huge nicely forced curls. Detail 1c shows the blades have been connected to the platforms by means of brass stanchions. This detail also shows the runner blades are very wide and provided with a hollow grinding, the gutter. The large photo shows a huge heel screw and on the upper platform the remaining of a metal boot support. Leather straps were used to bind these skates to the boots. The forefoot was kept in place by a wide strap provided with buckles. The straps had been screwed to the sides of the platforms. The heel was kept in place by a belt from behind the rear stanchion over the instep.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 29 cm; height over ice: 5 cm; platforms: 26 cm long, 7 cm wide; runner blades: 11 mm tall, 9 mm thick; weight: 400 g


Fig.2: American  skates with curled-up blades, c.1900

Simpler model than showed above, but the design is typical American with the platform extending until against the curl.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 29 cm; height over ice: 4 cm; platforms: 26 cm long. 6 cm wide; runner blades: 16 mm tall, 6 mm thick; weight: 340 g

 






 


detail 1a


detail 1b


detail 1c








 


detail 2a

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