This September Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers, is holding a three-day Auction at the Cheshire Saleroom in Macclesfield. As part of the Sporting section, we have on offer these interesting turn of the century wooden skis, made by famous Norwegian company L.H HAGEN & CO of Christiania, and bearing the company stamp. Each is made of a thin single piece of wood, having curved tips, and with Huitfeldt bindings. The dimensions are length 196.5cm and width 7.5cm.
The skis were discovered by the vendor over twenty years ago in the cellar of her brother’s sandwich shop in Altrincham, Cheshire. The shop, in a Victorian house, is within a mile of Seamon’s Moss School, Dunham Massey. The school is now closed but Robert Falcon Scott visited in 1910, ahead of the South Pole expedition. Research published by the 1910-13 British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Scott, confirms that Seamon’s Moss school donated a pony to the expedition, named ‘Chinaman’ and that a sled was also donated by ‘various’ parties in Altrincham, so it was appropriately named ‘Altrincham’.
L. H Hagen & Co was a wheelmaker and the leading manufacturer of sporting goods, including skis and sleds. Hagen and Co was involved with Fritz Huitfeldt in the development of his ski bindings which became universally used in the early 20th century. In 1910 Scott visited Norway and purchased 50 pairs of skis from L H Hagen & Co in preparation for the second expedition to the Antarctic.
The skis will be LOT 311A in the Sporting section of the Fine Paintings and Northern Art, Militaria & Sporting with Furniture & Interiors on Wednesday 14th September at the Cheshire Saleroom, The Cheshire Saleroom, Withyfold Drive, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 2BD. The catalogue can be viewed online where live bidding is also available.
For more information please contact Sophie Howard on 01625 431 788.