Racing Skates
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RACING SKATES BY J.L. WELPLEY, BOSTON
Circa: 1860
Length: 16"
Width: 2 1/4"
Platform Height: 1 1/2"
Tip Height: 1 1/2"
Blade Width: 1/4" Tapered toward the curl
Purchased in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia. Platforms could be maple, hand carved, thick screw in the heel, two small spikes in the toe. Leathers hand stitched.
THE DONOGHUE RACING SKATE
Circa: 1866
Length: 16 1/4"
Width: 2 3/8"
Platform Height: 1 5/8"
Blade Width: 1/8" no rocker
Stamped Union Hardware Co. The Donoghue Racing Skate Torrington Conn. Had 3 leather straps to fasten. Heel screw and two barbs to hold the boot in place. Brass heel and toe plates. Walnut platform
Circa: 1890
Length: 13 1/2"
Width: 2 1/4"
Platform Height: 1 7/8"
Blade Width: 1/8"
No manufacturer's marks visible. STEEL stamped on the blade. Metal plates on maple? platforms. Heel screw and two barbs to hold boot in place. Blades have holes to lighten them.