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December 11, 2012

Ice skates

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Ice skates

Steel blade ice skates with wood soles, brass upper support plates, and leather strap uppers with black-painted steel buckles.  The buckles rely on tension to secure them rather than on a tongue or prong, so there are no holes in the leather straps.  These skates were for use with a separate pair of shoes or boots.  A steel spike inside each heel supports and stabilizes the heel in the skate.  Patented by Douglas Rogers & Company of Northwich, Connecticut on March 17, 1882.

For details, view the skates in our online collections database.

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