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Stubai karabiner

Accession Number

125.2008.1

Object Name

Stubai karabiner

Created

28/04/2009

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

14/10/2008

Brief Description

Kidney shaped karabiner with snap link.

Materials

metal

Dimensions

10.5(l) x 6(w) x 1(d) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

Inscription reads "M" over "W" "PAT( )" Last bit is rusted over.

Colour

rusty silver

Maker

Stubai

Provenance

At a guess this fabulous Stubai karabiner dates from the 1940's or 50's and is one of the oldest in the collection. Unfortunately, we don't know much else about it. We assume that the initials MW and PAT refer to some sort of patent, but without a number we are stuck. It's much loved and cared for anyway and the following history of the karabiner may be of interest.
The word karabiner is derived from the German karabinehaken which literally means 'musket hook' - the karabiner bit being what we would nowadays call a carbine or rifle. The early forms of this clip device were used by the military for clipping rifle or musket slings over the shoulder allowing for speedy attachment or more importantly, detachment in time of need. The French word for karabiner is mousequeton meaning musket. The original karabinehaken seems to have been around from at least the early 1800's though it wasn't until the 1930's that they were adapted for use in the mountains for clipping ropes.
2014 update
Just found our karabiner in a 1955 Stubai catalogue - see opposite - mystery solved!

Acquisition Date

14/10/2008

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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