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Fisher Descendeur (Figure of eight)

Accession Number

491.2008.1

Object Name

Fisher Descendeur (Figure of eight)

Created

25/11/2008

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

25/11/2008

Brief Description

Fisher Descendeur - figure of eight abseiling device

Materials

metal

Dimensions

14(l) x 6(w)cms

Number Of Objects

1

Colour

silver

Object Production Place

UK

Provenance

George Fisher set up his mountaineering shop in Keswick way back in the 1960's and was renowned for his innovative approach to the great outdoors - for instance he got the idea for a new anorak from trawlermen in the North Sea. In the late 1960's climbers were starting to use friction devices for abseiling rather than wrapping the rope around their bodies which could prove rather painful.
George got some Figure of 8's made in 1968/9 and using the French term 'descendeurs' advertised them in his 1969 equipment brochure - see advert opposite. They were not a success though the test report opposite indicates they were ok if the welding and metal were ok....ambigious at best. They looked pretty scary and fortunately firms such as Clog in North Wales soon came along with better, safer and chunkier versions, consigning George's version to the heritage collections!
Mick Tighe collected this one somewhere along the way but was too scared to use it!

Acquisition Method

Acquired by Mick Tighe

Acquisition Date

25/11/2008

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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