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Cassin (pear shaped) Karabiners

Accession Number

1370.2016.1

Object Name

Cassin (pear shaped) Karabiners

Created

17/11/2016

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

17/11/2016

Brief Description

Two cassin pear shaped karabiners with snap locks

Materials

metal

Dimensions

10(l) x 5(W) cms

Number Of Objects

2

Inscription Description

On one side ("CASSIN") then "ITALY" On other side "CARICO MINIMO ROTTURA KG 1360" Trademark in rectangular box.

Colour

silver

Maker

Cassin

Object Production Place

Italy

Provenance

Giusti Gervasutti, Walter Bonatti, Emilio Comici and Ricardo Cassin, just a few of the glittering array of Italian Alpinistes who danced across the high mountains of the Alps in the middle of the last century and like many famous mountaineers from around the world, Cassin also started producing mountaineering equipment in his home town of Lecco in 1947.
The first of his Cassin Carabiners appeared in 1950 and although a Frenchman called Pierre Alain had created aluminium alloy carabiners back in 1939, most 1950's versions were still made of steel as were the early Cassin versions.
The couple we have here in the collection are pretty early versions - circa 1955 - and you can see similar versions for sale in the 1960's George Fisher catalogue opposite when a Cassin Karabiner would have cost you nine shillings i.e. 40p.
These two were kindly donated by our old friend, retired mountain Guide, Dave Siviter.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Dave Siviter

Acquisition Date

17/11/2016

Condition Check Date

17/11/2016

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

17/11/2016

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