North American Skates
BLACKSMITH MADE EXAMPLES
Circa: 1800-1820 or earlier
Length:
13 1/2"
Width:
3"
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.
Circa: 1825
Length: 10 1/2"
Width:
2 1/2"
Platform Height:
1 1/4"
Blade Width:
1/4"
Curl Height:
3 3/4"
Heavy, walnut platforms, four morticed slots. Blade and plates recessed into platform.Leather straps hand stitched with copper rivets
Circa: 1820-1860
Length: 11 5/8"
Width: 2 1/4"
Platform Height: 3/4"
Blade Width: 2.5/16" Narrow groove ground down the near midline of each blade (not entirely continuous on one blade). Could be a primitive attempt to hollow grind blades. No rocker
Curl Height: 3 3/8"
Beautifully proportioned, handmade, hourglass, oak platform. Squared off narrow studs in the heel. Leathers hand sewn with hand hammered rivets. Has probably lost its original acorns. They were probably made in the US by a German skatemaker after the WIRTHS of Germany who exported this model to the US between 1820 and 1860. It was one of the most popular models in those years and used for figure skating. (Thank you to Ed Braakman for the additional information)
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.
Circa: 1850-1860
Length: 9 3/4"
Width: 2 3/8"
Platform Height: 1 1/4"
Blade Height: 3/4"
Blade Width: 1/4" at toe to 1/8" at heel
Curl Height: 3 1/4"
Probably Canadian. Beautifully grained, hand-carved, hourglass platform. 2 morticed slots. Platforms stamped O.F., likely a blacksmith's stamp. 1 small barb in the heel, 3 in the toe.
Circa: 1860
Length: 12 3/8"
Width: 3 3/8"
Platform Height: 1 1/8"
Blade Width: 3/16"
Probably Canadian. 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