In the 1960s the Army changed
the snowshoe bindings to a light-gray leather. The leather above has
a whitish cast due to effects of 60 years of aging on the leather's
waterproofing treatment on the fleshy inside. Their russet exterior
can be seen in the picture to the right.
The seller described these
snowshoes as a mint, matched set, but his descriptions tells otherwise.
He says they are marked "8424 & 88889." These are the snowshoe's
serial numbers. A mint set would have matching serial numbers just
as they did when they came from the factory. QMC specifications required
that each pair of snowshoes be marked with a sequential, four-digit
The buyer paid a premium price for this "mint" pair of snowshoes
with mismatched serial numbers and incorrect bindings.