Antique Ice Skates
Collecting antique ice skates is a very rewarding hobby for a lover of skating, antiques and/or fine handicrafts. The skates below are from my personal collection. I have posted details and dated them as best I can. If anyone knows anything more about any of them I would be thrilled to hear about it.
Country: America
1800-1820 or earlier
13 1/2"
Curl Height:
5 3/8"
Blade Width:
1/4" no rocker
Probably German influence. Hand forged, all metal, iron skates with decorative, multiple scroll curl. Leather straps would have been threaded through the small gaps in the heel and toe. 
Country: America
Circa: 1840-1850
Length: 13"
Width: 2 3/8"
Platform Height: 3/4"
Blade Height: 3/4"
Blade Width: 3/16" Some rocker. Primitive groove sliced into length of blade.
Curl Height: 4 1/4"
Magnificent example of hand made skates. Tiger maple platform. Blade made from an old file- teeth marks and fingerprints visible on both blades. Handle fashioned into tight, delicate, multiple curls. Other end fashioned into a small plate and fastened to platform with a hand made nail. Square nail in the heel.
Country: Canada
Circa: 1860
Length: 12 3/8"
Width: 3 3/8"
Platform Height: 1 1/8"
Blade Width: 3/16"
Extremely heavy, primitive, hand-carved, walnut platforms. Hand-forged iron blades, flanged and screwed to platform, 2 on each side. Round peg in heel and steel brace insert at the ball of the foot to prevent lateral slipping. Hand-stitched straps
Country: Canada
Circa: 1870-1880
Length: 12 1/2"
Width: 2 1/2"
Platform Height: 5/8'
Blade Width: 3/16", hollow ground. No rocker
Curl Height: 4 1/4"
It is called a dimekurlskate because the crown is called a dime. This is the first dimekurlskate with a Canadian makers stamp on it. The dimekurl is invented about 1870. The wood is very old and a home made model.
(Thank you to Ed Braakman for the information about Dimekurlskates)
Country: America
Circa: 1830
Length: 9 3/8"
Width: 2 1/2"
Platform Height: 1 5/8"
Blade Width: 2.5/16" Narrow groove ground down the midline of each blade (not entirely continuous). Could be a primitive attempt to hollow grind blades. Rockered blade.
Curl Height: 1 5/16"
Children's skaters. Handmade, hand carved very thick platforms, hourglass shape, traces of the original green paint remain. No heel spike remaining.
Country: America
Length: 9 3/4""
Width: 2 1/4"
Platform Height: 1 1/4"
Blade Height: 3/4"
Blade Width: 3/16" No rocker, no gutter
Very primitive, hand carved, possibly oak platform. The blade is made out of an old file- the teeth marks can still be seen on the side of the blades. The handle has been fashioned into multiple curls which fit into a groove in the toe of the platform. The other end is flattened and nailed to the heel of the platform with a large, hand-made nail. No screws or spikes or barbs to hold the boot in place.