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Helmet

Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: textile, plastic, metal
Dimensions: 540mm (width), 450mm (length)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: Y: 2009/43/3

A copy of Douglas Mawson's helmet, dated 1912, with a wire brim and buttons to fasten the brim and the neck. It was made for the 2002 film 'Shackleton' starring Kenneth Branagh.

Physical description:

A helmet made from beige cloth. It consists of a hood with a funnel-like opening, with the hood extending to cover the tops of the shoulders. It is made of several panels of cloth and is double thickness throughout. The funnel is reinforced with lines of stitching and the brim is stiffened with wire. The funnel fastens at the neck under the chin with one buttonhole and two round plastic buttons marked 'BURBERRY', enabling it to be fastened tightly or loosely. There are two textile loops on the top of the funnel, and two round plastic buttons marked 'BURBERRY' on the top of the hood, enabling the funnel to be rolled back and fastened in place. The helmet is marked 'CREAN' in pen on the inside.

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