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Uniforms and Insignia

Balaclava, Clovis Ira Bordeleau
Balaclava, Clovis Ira Bordeleau

The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) gave this hand-knitted balaclava to merchant mariner Clovis Ira Bordeleau.

Bordeleau served in Canada's merchant navy, and probably received this balaclava as part of a "ditty bag" containing comforts like knitted socks, chewing gum, and books. Along with organizations like the Navy League of Canada, the IODE encouraged Canadians to knit clothing and accessories for members of the merchant navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. Printed booklets provided knitting patterns and guidelines for assembling "ditty bags."

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