Holland speed skates (4 of 4)

Fig
.1: Holland speed skates, around 1900

Detail 1 shows the head of these skates. The 'waves' at the top of the blades in collectors' circles are called 'cockscomb'
. They present a kind of 'signature' of the blacksmith.
Manufacturer: Dirk Schakel, Barwoutswaarder; mark:
Technical data: total length: 39 cm; height over ice: 3.4 cm; platforms: 30 cm long, 5 cm wide; runner blades: 15 mm tall, 2 mm thick; weight: 240g

Fig.2: Holland speed skates, around 1900

Detail 2 shows a V-shaped top decoration. The meaning of this V-shape is not clear. It could hint towards the ears of an owl but could also represent a heart.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark:
Technical data: total length: 39 cm; height over ice: 3.4 cm; platforms: 30 cm long, 5 cm wide; runner blades: 15 mm tall, 2 mm thick; weight: 240g


Fig.3: Holland speed skates, around 1900

Detail 3 shows an unclear symbol. The platforms look as if they were replaced or in other words that the runner blades are much older.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 38 cm; height over ice: 3.6 cm; platforms: 28 cm long, 5 cm wide; runner blades: 11 mm tall, 3 mm thick; weight: 310 g

Fig.4: Holland speed skates, around 1900

Detail 4 shows a heart shaped top. It might be that they were a present for a beloved woman.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: not available

Fig.5: Holland speed skates, around 1900

Detail 5 shows a sturdy, blocked head with an acorn shaped finial. Rhese skates attract attention by themselves.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical data: total length: 28 cm; height over ice: 4.1 cm; platforms: 29 cm long, 6.5 cm wide; runner blades: 15 mm tall, 3 mm thick; weight: 410 g

 
In this page some examples of ice skates with interesting details are shown. Sometimes they present a kind of signature of the blacksmith that hammered them out; sometimes they were applied on request of the future owner. Often these ice skates concern unique items that cause collectors to lose their heads.


detail 1
 



 


detail 2
 

 

 


detail 3



 


detail 4




 


detail 5

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