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Object ID 001900

Object Name Union Hardware ice skates

Object Desc Pair of clamp-on style ice skates from Union Hardware. Made of cast steel. Painted silver. Size 10 1/2.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002053a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Sports


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 14

Object Date

Start Year Range 1900

End Year Range 1920s

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Union Hardware,ice skates,skating,sports,sporting goods,footwear,

Title Union Hardware ice skates

Description Pair of clamp-on style ice skates. Painted silver, not original. Has clover leaf die-cut at toe. Underneath clover is "Union Hardware / Torrington / Conn U.S.A." etched in metal. Metal piece attached underneath front to secure to boot. Back of skate has seperate metal piece with metal pieces to secure heel of boot. Lever at outside of left and right skates to adjust. On bottom of skate is screw to adjust to shoe. On left side of blade about 4" from toe "Cast / Steel" with clover mark inbetween words. Below "Skates / Pat. Aug. 7/84"


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.5

Length 11.75

Width 3.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Measurements are of left skate (A). The metal component under the toe is stuck and is larger at the width than the right skate (B).

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Union Hardware Company

Maker Details In 1864, Union Hardware Company started in Torrington, CT. The company manufactured ice skates. In later years, they expanded to also produce fishing rods and reels, golf club shafts, as well as other sporting goods such as shoes adn ice skating outfits. By 1946, they soley focused on sporting goods.

Maker Mark Clover Leaf


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Image Caption CMY2053a-b



Date APR 4,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes The skates are rusted which is why they were painted over with silver paint. Overal, stable condition. The maker's marks are painted over and faint. A: The paint has made some of the mechanisms for adjusting the size unmoveable on the left skate. The lever does move. The paint has scratches on it throughout and rust is showing through. Rust is showing on the threads of the screw underneath. On right side of skate on the adjustable metal component under the toe there is a brown accretion. B: Teh mechanisms on skate move, use caution when handling. Scratches in paint exposing rust underneath. Screw underneath has rust on threads. On right side of blade there are light brown accretions toward heel.


Date APR 4,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 20 from 3rd Floor Hallway South - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 13,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 14 from Room 7, Shelf 20 - automatic entry by admin



Date APR 4,2014

Notes The blades were made of cast steel and the attaching mechanism was simplified to provide a screw adjustment and a lever to clamp the blade to a shoe. This was the most modern version of a clamp-on skate before skates were manufactured with boots attached.