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Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: textile, plastic
Dimensions: 590mm (width), 1235mm (length)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: Y: 2009/43/2

A copy of Douglas Mawson's trousers, dated 1912, with 'Orde Lees' written in the waistband in pencil. They were made for the 2002 film 'Shackleton' starring Kenneth Branagh.

Physical description:

A pair of beige over-trousers. They are made of a single layer of fabric, reinforced with a second layer over the knees and on the seat. They have a drawstring waist, with a white textile tape drawstring. On each ankle is a textile flap with one buttonhole and two round plastic tortoiseshell buttons. There are three pairs of buttons on the waistband – one pair at the centre back and two pairs on the front – to take a pair of braces. The name 'ORDE LEES' has been written in pencil in the waistband. The trousers have been deliberately covered with dirt.

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