Dutch ice skates with curled blades (1 of 3)

Alongside a drawing is shown that was made in 1848 by a certain A.v.D. Of interest are the skates in figures 1, 3 and 4. They have got curled blades that are not fully covered by wood. A.v.D. stated that these are the main models at that time in the Netherlands.
The model in figure 1 shows what he calls the Linschoten model. Figure 3 shows the Bergambacht model. Both Linschoten and Bergambacht are names of villages that in the 17th century laid in the county of Holland. Both villages must have had famous skate making blacksmiths at that time because these model names have been used through later ages. Dutch collectors of ice skates still try to determine the footprints of these two models in any skate with curled blades the come across. A.v.D. indicates the skate in figure 3 as being an English model.
The difference between these three models is eminent. All have figure eight shaped platforms. The Linschoten model has a long neck before the curl turns up; the Bergambacht model on the contrary has a curl that rises up  after the platform immediately. The English model almost looks like the Bergambacht model, but is much more compact. It can be imaged that this model has resulted in the English club skate.

The above is a splendid example of the Linschoten model. Slenderly upturning curls and violin shaped platforms.

And here the Bergambacht model is shown. The platforms have been violin shaped as well but the curl rises vast as soon as the blade is no longer supported by the wood of the platforms. Imagine the curls are bent over and an ice skate with curled-up blades is born.


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