Objects Database

Skis

Accession Number

774.2009.1

Object Name

Skis

Created

23/01/2009

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

23/01/2009

Brief Description

Pair of 'Madshus' cross country wooden skis with 'Gresshopper' bindings and front throw toe clip. Blue plastic footplate.

Materials

wood, plastic, metal, leather

Dimensions

220(l) cms At widest part 7(w) cms

Number Of Objects

1 pair

Inscription Description

Skier in a circle with "MADSHUS CLIPPER SKI LILLEHAMMER" on tip. Further down "220 646"
"GRESSHOPPA MADE IN NORWAY" on bindings and a picture of a grass hopper.

Colour

Dark brown with lighter edge. Blue footplate.

Maker

Madshus

Object Production Place

Norway

Provenance

Norwegian, Martin Madshus, started making skis in his barn at a place called Vardal in Norway around 1906. In those days all skis were made from a single piece of wood but in the 1930's Madshus was one of the first to produce laminated skis which made them lighter, stronger and more versatile. It also helped with the diversification into the ever growing Alpine ski market.
The lovely set of Madshus Clipper skis that we have here in the collection are beautifully laminated and date from the 1960's. The Gresshoppa binding is made by another Norwegain company called Asnes.
A Norwegian friend of Mick Tighe's, called Jon Sommerseth, put an advert in his local paper up in Narvik, asking if folk had any old skis that they could donate to the Scottish Heritage Collection and he got several pairs of which this is one - thanks to Jon and the good folk of Narvik in North Norway.

Acquisition Method

Donated by a resident of Narvik via Jon Sommerseth

Acquisition Date

23/01/2009

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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