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Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09 (Nimrod)
Materials: textile, metal
Dimensions: 900mm (width), 670mm (length)
Date: 1907-1909
Ref no: Y: 2010/24

A biege canvas helmet or hood, with a funnel-like opening and a sleeveless body. Of the type worn on the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09 (Nimrod), led by Ernest Shackleton.

Physical description:

A ‘helmet’ made from beige cloth. It consists of a hood with a funnel-like opening, and a sleeveless body. The front is made from two pieces of fabric, the back from one piece, and the hood from six pieces. It is narrower at the back than the front, and is flat across the back and scalloped across the front. There are two textile belt loops on the front, and a lampwick tie attached to either side (one of which has a metal buckle). The funnel is made from a double layer of fabric, and is reinforced with lines of stitching and the brim is stiffened with wire. The funnel fastens at the neck under the chin with a large metal hook and eye.

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