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Truger (bear paw) Snowshoes

Accession Number

759.2009.1

Object Name

Truger (bear paw) Snowshoes

Created

22/01/2009

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

22/01/2009

Brief Description

Pair of Truger homemade oval shaped snowshoes. Wooden frame with rope crisscrossed through holes in frame. Canvas rectangle for below foot and canvas fastening webbing with metal buckle and metal toe holder.

Materials

wood, canvas, rope, metal

Dimensions

42(l) x 24(w) x 3(d) cms

Number Of Objects

1 pair

Colour

brown

Object Production Date

Approx1943

Provenance

These snowshoes are very similar to the Truger or Bear Paw ones that we have elsewhere in the collection, but the absence of any markings and slightly different construction makes us think that they are very good - homemade copies - hard to tell as they came with the Scottish Ski Club Collection and we don't know the original owner.

The war department(WD)had large amounts of equipment made on licence during both World Wars, by various companies with the relevant expertise, and it's possible that these snow shoes are of that ilk. No doubt there is a record somewhere in an archive - maybe we'll try to find it one day.
We do know that large amounts of ex WD came on the market soon after World War 11 (see advert opposite) to be gobbled up by the burgeoning outdoor enthusiasts of the 1950's.

Acquisition Method

passed on from Scottish Ski Club

Acquisition Date

01/12/2008

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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