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MOAC - Chocs on rope

Accession Number

521.2008.1

Object Name

MOAC - Chocs on rope

Created

26/11/2008

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

26/11/2008

Brief Description

Moac 'classic' chocs on red nylon rope.

Materials

aluminium alloy,

Dimensions

4(l) x 3.5(w) x 2.5(d) cms.

Number Of Objects

2

Inscription Description

"A.M.R" on one.

Colour

silver, red

Maker

Moac

Provenance

Created by Sheffield blacksmith, John Brailsford, the M.O.A.C. was one of the first ever purpose designed nuts for rock climbing,(the first being the Acorn - also invented by Brailsford.) Chockstones and machined nuts were the norm up to the point when MOAC's first appeared in 1962. The first batch were cast in Manchester and finished by Peter Gentil. At the time a guy called Ellis Brigham owned a chain of outdoor shops in the UK which had an import section called Mountain Activities and the first two letters of each word were used to create the name of this new nut - the MOAC - as Brigham had backed the first production run as a financial gamble which seemed to have paid off because millions must have been sold and fifty years later (2012)climbers are still using them. Early versions were more rounded at the four corners and there were smaller production versions later on. They could also be filed down to fit smaller cracks.

Acquisition Date

26/11/2008

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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