Swedish ice skates with curled blades



Fig.1: Swedish ice skates, 1st quarter of 19th century
Very heavy ice skates. In one platform 1825 was carved and 1899 in the other one. See details 1a and 1b. It is assumed that the skates have been made in 1825 and that one platform was replaced in 1899 when it was completely worn out. The blades are taller at the front than at the rear.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical details: total length: 33 cm; height over ice: 5.5 cm; platforms: 27 cm long, 8.5 cm wide; blades: 24-27 mm tall, 4-7 mm thick; weight: 580 g

Fig.2: Swedish ice skates, 1st quarter of 19th century

Sturdy skates for general use. The blades are taller at the front than at the rear. Also the width of the blades at the rear is less than at the front. The blades are fixed to the platforms by means of a hook at the front and a staple over a tail piece at the rear. See detail 2. Nails and metal strips were used to control cracks in the wooden platforms. They hint in the direction of being used intensively.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical details: total length: 31 cm; height over ice: 5 cm; platforms: 27 cm long, 7 cm wide; blades: 20-27 mm tall, 3-5 mm thick; weight: 410 g

Fig.3: Swedish ice skates, 2nd quarter 19th century

Simple but very sturdy ice skates. The upper platform is not original. The original lower platform shows round holes which hints that rope was used for strapping. The blades have been made from wrought iron and have turned over curls. See detail 3.    

Manufacturer: unknown
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Technical details: total length: 38 cm; height over ice: 4 cm; platforms: 30 cm long, 6 cm wide; blades: 18 mm tall, 6 mm thick; weight: 445 g

Fig
.4: Swedish ice skates, 3rd quarter of 19h century

Elegant ice skates with completely turned over curl. See detail 4. At the front the blades are fixed to the wooden platform by means of a hook. At the rear the blades have got an eye through which a screw is turned into the platform. The screw is longer than strictly necessary thus enabling to be screwed into the heel of the boots. This provided for a solid connection.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical details: total length: 30 cm; height over ice: 4 cm; platforms: 25 cm long, 6 cm wide; blades: 23 mm tall, 5 mm thick; weight: 365 g including straps


Fig
.5: Swedish ice skates, 4th quarter of 19th century

Nice ice skates with small curl. As the skates in figure 3 the blades have a hook at the front that is fixed to the platforms by means of a pin. See detail 5. This is a typical Swedish construction. Also they have an eye at the rear together with a heel screw. 

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical details: total length: 32 cm; height over ice: 4 cm; platforms: 28 cm long, 5.5 cm wide; blades: 20 mm tall, 3 mm thick; weight: 285 g


Fig
.6: Swedish ice skates, 3rd quarter of 19th century

Robust ice skates. The platforms are very wide at the front and provided with a brass fitting as to avoid the wood from cracking. See detail 6. The blades have got stylish flat design curls. At the rear the blades were ground concave for about one third of the length.

Manufacturer: unknown; mark: none
Technical details: total length: 33 cm; height over ice: 5 cm; platforms: 29 cm long, 6.5 cm wide; blades: 27 mm tall, 5 mm thick, partly grinded concavely; weight: 445 g

 






 


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