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Boots

Accession Number

052.2008.1

Object Name

Boots

Created

09/05/2008

Creator

Liz Wilshaw

Accession Date

09/05/2008

Brief Description

Very heavy mountaineering boots, with laces, leather throughout with heavily studded (metal) sole and metal hooks for laces, hanging tabs at heels. Inscribed inside and on sole, On sole: 29 4 41. On inside inner boot: 29 4 OC, HENKE, R5, 1963. On inside outer boot: EH+432. On two studs on each boot: TRICOUNI BREV + 6M SUISSE. Dark brown with tan lower sole, made by Henke

Materials

leather with metal studs

Dimensions

length 31.5 cms size 41

Number Of Objects

2 (pair)

Inscription Description

On sole: 29 4 41. On inside inner boot: 29 4 OC, HENKE, R5, 1963. On inside outer boot: EH+432. On two studs on each boot: TRICOUNI BREV + 6M SUISSE

Colour

Dark brown, tan inners and lower soles

Maker

Henke

Object Production Place

Switzerland

Object Production Date

1963

Provenance

Not really sure where these boots came from. Mick Tighe collected several pairs in the 1970's & 80's; some were bought in auctions or junk shops, others were donated. Nailed boots were used from the earliest days of mountaineering, circa 1860, right up to the 1960's when Vibram soles eventually won the day. The odd pair could still be seen scratching and scarting around the Lake District in the 1980's & 90's though they were usually accompanied by an octogenarian. In the absence of any definitive provenance we thought the following extract from 'Let's Go Climbing' by Colin Kirkus (published in 1941 and 1946) might be of interest.
"Now for the theory of nails.
Clinkers and muggers, being made of soft iron, give a friction grip ; that is to say the hard rock bites into the soft iron. Tricounis, on the other hand, give a lock-hold ; they catch in some little crevice and stay there, which is obviously more scientific, and for that reason I prefer them for serious rock-climbing. You can choose the tiniest hold, fit one nail in it and know that you are safe.
Therefore I recommend No. 1 Tricounis round the edge of the sole, with perhaps No. 6's or clinkers in the toe. Now it is useful to have some friction grip for chimneys, so muggers may be put in the middle. Clinkers are best in the heel, which has not much delicate work to do, with perhaps a couple of muggers in the middle..
If you want to concentrate more on walking and do not intend to do any difficult climbing, I should recommend clinkers all round the sole. At the same time it must be admitted that many expert climbers swear by clinkers for rock-work. You usually find, however, that these clinker-fiends have abnormally strong arms, and therefore do not have to rely so much on their feet as do weaker mortals."

Acquisition Date

09/05/2008

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Normal Location

Bohuntin

Current Location

Bohuntin

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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