On November 12, 1819, the Frenchman Charles-Louis Petitbled filed the very first world patent for his "land skates". An opportunity for you skaters to travel back in time and learn more about your sport thanks to Christophe Audoire's fantastic collection !🎞VIDEO ITW (in French language) by REL

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A part and a model

No. 383 Reg. 11a Le S[ieu]r Petibled

C.C.

N° 218

2° R.

Description of the skates intended to perform in the apartments everything that the skaters can do on the ice with ordinary skates; for which Sieur Petibled residing on rue du faubourg Saint Martin n° 80 requests a Patent.

1] Pairs of skates are of all sizes and the soles are made of Metal or Wood according to the type of model. 2. the Screws for holding the castors as well as the screw placed under the heel used as a stop are made of steel or other metal mounted with screws or held to the base by rivets. 3. the wheels are made of metal or Wood or ivory or any other production that can be turned. 4. the number and size of castors at each skate is undetermined. In the Model species there are three of them without a throat. But they can be changed at the skater's discretion to be replaced by groove castors forming Groove, or by two-piece castors (A) crossed by a shaft and the two cylinder portions joined by rivets. The inside of these castors is empty. 5. the shafts or axles of the castors are permanently on the castor or the castor rotates on the shaft or axle. 6. to fix them to the feet they are mounted on Shoes or lined with belts.

 

(A) Roller figure of two cylinder portions hollow in the inside.

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Modernized transcription

Description of the skates intended to do in the apartments everything that skaters can do on the ice with ordinary skates; for which Mr. Petibled, residing at rue du faubourg Saint Martin, n° 80, applies for a patent.

1. The pairs of skates are of all sizes and the soles are made of metal or wood depending on the type of model.

2. The cleats for holding the castors and the screw under the heel as a stopper are made of steel or other metal, mounted with screws or held to the base by rivets.

3. The wheels are made of metal or wood or ivory or any other production that can be turned.

4. The number and size of castors at each skate are undetermined. To the kind of model there are three of them without a throat. But they can be changed at the skater's discretion to be replaced by grooved groove castors, or by two-piece castors with a shaft running through them, the two cylinder portions being joined by rivets (A). The inside of these wheels is empty.

5. The shafts or axles of the castors are permanently on the castor or the castor rotates on the shaft or axle.

6. To attach them to the feet, the skates are mounted on shoes or trimmed with straps.

(A) Roulette wheel figure consisting of two hollowed out cylinder portions.

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Note

The patent is accompanied by the representation of a wheel but not by an overview.

A model of the skate was filed with the "Patent Office". The objects deposited in this office were then forwarded to the Conservatoire des arts et métiers... but Petibled's skate was not kept.