ITEM ID: 0020

Late 19th Century Dutch Strap-On Ice Skates

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Year Created: Late 19th c.
Year Acquired: 2016
Condition: Worn/Used

This pair of late 19th century Dutch strap-on ice skates features a classic design indicative of the period’s craftsmanship and materials. Constructed with a wooden frame and equipped with leather straps for securing to the wearer’s shoes, these skates are a testament to traditional recreational activities in colder climates. The wooden frames, designed to glide across ice with ease, are complemented by metal blades, demonstrating the functional ingenuity of the era. The use of leather straps showcases the reliance on available materials to create durable and practical sports equipment.

Condition Report
The wooden frames of the skates show signs of scuffing, a natural result of use and age, which adds to the authenticity and historic value of the items. The leather straps, while dry, remain intact but may require conditioning to preserve their flexibility and prevent further degradation. Overall, the skates are in good condition, maintaining their structural integrity and historical appearance.

 

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