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Marius Eriksen & TH Hansen Skis(pair) +poles+boots

Accession Number

1460.2018.1 (a-c)

Object Name

Marius Eriksen & TH Hansen Skis(pair) +poles+boots

Created

30/08/2018

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

30/08/2018

Brief Description

1 Marius Eriksen wooden ski & 1 TH Hansen wooden ski, a pair of leather ski boots and a pair of cane ski poles with leather wrist straps.

Materials

wood, leather,metal

Dimensions

skis- 205(l) x9(W) cms poles 132(L) cms Boots 26(L) x 10(W) cms

Number Of Objects

3 pairs

Inscription Description

on 1 ski" MARIUS ERIKSEN OSLO"
On other ski "TH HANSEN OSLO SELECTED BY LILYWHITES LTD"
On bindings "BERNINABINDING"

Colour

brown

Maker

a - Marius Eriksen & TH Hansen

Object Production Place

Norway

Provenance

We’ve kept this lovely set of gear together as it all belonged to one lady, Elizabeth MacKenzie Fane Pentland, who kindly left it to us when she passed away in 2018. It seems it once belonged to her mother, Elizabeth Hepburn Martin (E.H.M) and there was a wee note attached to the skis.
“ Made from ash, originally belonged to Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, they were bought second hand from Lillywhites in the early 1930’s.”
We are a little sceptical about the skis once belonging to Amundsen since he died in 1928, and these skis were made post 1925 when the capital of Norway changed its name from Kristiana to Oslo - which appears on the skis.
Amundsen famously beat Scott to the South Pole in 1911 and the ‘type’ of skis he used were copied and often called ‘Amundsen Skis’.
The reference on the TH Hansen ski “ selected by Lillywhites” was common in the early days of skiing as they selected and imported skis from all over the world, there being very few UK manufacturers.
We can’t find any markings on the boots and skis but Elizabeth Martin bought them in the 1930’s and can be seen wearing the whole outfit in 1955 opposite.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Elizabeth MacKenzie

Acquisition Date

30/08/2018

Condition Check Date

30/08/2018

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

30/08/2018

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