English club skates (1)



Fig.1: English club skates, c.1880
Beautiful pair of ice skates with brass toe and heel inlays. Pay attention to the wide slot in the platform that indicates the use of similar toe straps as can be seen in figures 2 and 4. The absence of heel screws seem to indicate that they have not been made for the British market.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 26 cm, height over ice: 3 cm; platforms: 25 cm long, 6 cm wide; runner blades: 11 mm tall, 4 mm thick; weight: 220 g

Fig.2: English club skates, c.1910

Classic English skates for use on one of the many indoor rinks that existed in England around 1900. Instead of heel screws leather heel pieces must keep the boots on the platforms.


Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 26.5 cm, height over ice: 3.6 cm; platforms: 25 cm long, 5.5 cm wide; runner blades: 16 mm tall, 4.5 mm thick; weight: 220 g including bindings


Fig.3: English club skates, c.1890

Elegant ice skates with safety curl. The huge heel screw is characteristic for English ice skates.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 30.5 cm, height over ice: 6 cm; platforms: 28 cm long, 6 cm wide; runner blades: 18 mm tall, 4.5 mm thick; weight: 290 g


Fig.4: English club skates, c.1930


These skates have huge heel screws which hint that they have been used in England. The double buckled toe straps confirm this. The blades, however, show signs of a German production.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 34 cm, height over ice: 4.3 cm; platforms: 30 cm long, 6.5 cm wide; runner blades: 20 mm tall, 6 mm thick; weight: 410 g

 



 

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