Vintage Bamboo Ski Poles - Lund

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Antique Ski Poles   
c. 1950's, 20th Century
Wood, leather, metal

49" tall, 7" basket diameter

© Vintage Winter

Wow! C.A. Lund Poles. A set of vintage bamboo ski poles featuring original leather hand grips with the Lund brand stamped into the strap, with metal and leather basket rings. Note the slight tear in one of the baskets, still a great set to decorate the walls.     

Single poles were used until about 1910 and made of a hardwood (hickory, willow, oak, etc.) to be sturdy and strong “push sticks”. In the 1920’s, bamboo shafts became popular because they were lighter weight and still strong. Ski Poles were also made of cane, in fact many of the 1940s WWII US Military 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops had cane poles with leather hand grips, rattan ring baskets with leather straps. The tip was steel and most had aluminum ferrules protecting the “snow” end of the ski pole (dating 1920s – 1950s). Adaptations continued in the ski pole “baskets” – going from a sturdy round wooden discs – to rattan rings and leather lacing. The hand straps of the ski pole were once simple canvas straps. Leather hand grips and straps were “in” for ski fashion in the 20s and 30s. Ski poles evolved to rubberized hand grips, metal shafts and metal rings in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Mt. Lassen Ski Girls.
Mt. Lassen Ski Girls.


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