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Antique Football Helmets







Circa 1915 Spalding Brand No. H Model Harvard Style Flat Top Football Head Harness.  Harvard style helmets are very hard to come across and this is a very nice example.  The helmet retains its small Spalding embossed mark on its left side.  The helmet has not been cleaned or conditioned at all, and is in very nice condition.  A rare early style of helmet that would be a great addition to any collection.
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Spectacular Circa 1910's Draper & Maynard Brand Flattop Football Helmet.  This early D&M football head harness is in fantastic condition, and shows very little use if any.  The helmet features an embossed D&M dog logo and model 15H on the back of the helmet.  The leather is soft and flexible, with no cracks or damage.  The liner is in excellent condition as well, with no markings or evidence of wear.  This helmet has not been cleaned or conditioned at all.  Nice flat top helmets are getting very hard to find, and this is the nicest Draper & Maynard I've ever encountered.
$2200.00








1940's University of Pennsylvania Star George Savitsky Game Worn Rawlings Football Helmet.  Savitsky played for Penn from 1944 to 1947, before playing on the 1949 World Champion Philadelphia Eagles.  Savitsky is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.  This helmet is a Rawlings VM1 Model helmet, in Penn's blue and red color scheme.  I have found many images of Penn players wearing this model helmet, one of which is shown above.  The helmet comes with an autographed image of Savitsky, as well as a note from its original owner detailing the history of how the helmet was obtained (its owner was given the helmet by his grandmother's good friend who was a friend of George Savitsky).  A fantastic early Ivy League game worn helmet from a very well known player.
$750.00




Exceptional Circa 1918 Victor Wright & Ditson Black Leather Dog Ear Style Football helmet.  This beautiful helmet features soft and supple black leather with a bold Victor Wright & Ditson Winged ball embossed logo on the forehead region.  There are no rips or tears in the leather, and the interior is very clean as well.  A beautiful helmet from a short lived manufacturer.
$500.00




 Circa 1915 to 1920 Reach Brand Dog Ear Style Football Helmet.  This attractive helmet features an embossed Reach mark on its forehead area, with the model number 0 above it.  The helmet retains its interior padding, and has an overall great look, with a wonderful mahogany colored patina.
$450.00






1920's Wilson - Western Brand Red Grange Signature Model Dog Ear Style Football Helmet.  Although Grange, with the aid of CC Pyle, was renowned for his self marketing, these Grange signature model helmets must not have been produce in much of a quantity, given their scarcity.  This helmet features soft and supple black leather, and features strong Wilson and Grange signature markings on its back side.  The helmet retains its original chin strap and all of its interior padding.  A fantastic early Red Grange model dog ear football helmet.
INV#VJ1
$1000.00








1940's WWII era United States Army used Goldsmith Brand Fiber-Crown 4-Strap Football Helmet.  This helmet features U.S. markings on its interior, as well as a September 1945 stamped date.  The helmet has a Goldsmith embossed mark on its back side, with a model number 67.  With striking black and white colors, this helmet has a phenomenal look and is in very nice condition.
$300.00






1930's Possibly University of Maine Used Streamlined Strap Fiber Reinforced Football Helmet with Lineman Style Extended Ear Flap.  This beautiful and large helmet features the vestiges of Maine stamped on the forehead, and a four digit number stamped on the back.  The helmet features streamlined style reinforcing leathers straps running along the helmet.  The helmet is in excellent condition with a rich mahogany toned leather.  A very attractive 1930's helmet
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Late 1930's to Early 1940's Nokona Brand Leather 4 Strap Fiber-Crown Football Helmet.  Early Nokona football helmets are hard to find, and this is a beautiful example, with its mahogany toned leather criss crossing its white fiber top.  The helmet features a Nokona mark on the forehead area, with the Indian head logo above it.  A great looking helmet from a rare maker.
INV#1411C
$300.00






1930's Wilson Brand 8 Strap Fiber Reinforced Football Helmet.  This helmet features the Wilson mark on the forehead area as well as on the crown of the interior.  The helmet features a nice black and tan brown scheme.
$250.00






1930's Wilson Brand Streamlined Strap Fiber Reinforced Football Helmet with wingfront style.  This helmet features the Wilson mark on the forehead area as well as on the crown of the interior.  The helmet features a nice black and tan color scheme, and is a very attractive early helmet.
$275.00






1930's J.C. Higgins Brand Exposed Fiber Crown Wingfront Style Football Helmet.  This helmet features a strong J.C. Higgins mark on its reverse.  The helmet is in very nice condition and has a very attractive look.
$250.00
 




1930's Fiber Reinforced "Turtle Shell" Style Football Helmet.  The helmet does have some drying and cracking to its interior, and the helmet does have a slightly out of shape character.  The helmet is a larger size and has a great look.
$240.00



1920's Stall & Dean Brand Leather Football Helmet.  This helmet bears the Stall and Dean mark on the forehead area, under where the original wearer carved his initials.  The helmet features a two toned style, with a light green colored painted top.  The helmet retains all of its original interior padding.  An attractive early helmet.
$250.00
The below helmets have all been sold.


Amazing Circa 1910 Beehive Style Rain Cap Football Head Harness.  This great looking football helmet features many ventilation holes, and has a great reddish brown patina.  This is a very well made helmet that has all of its original padding in its interior.  The helmet has had the name Burris Demarr and initials BD professionally embossed into the helmet.  The helmet is in great condition, and displays beautifully.   This helmet came from the estate of a player who played for a Washington DC Navy Yard football team at around the 1910 time period.   SOLD

Very Rare Princeton Style Brown Leather Football Head Harness.  Football helmets in this Princeton style are very scarce, and this one is a beauty.  The helmet has small neat inscriptions on the top including the year 1917 and 8 scores between Oklahoma area football teams: Smithville versus Muskogee, Tulsa, Independence, Clarence, etc.  The helmet includes its internal padding, which consists of a small circular wool pad with a circular patch of leather that would go over this pad.  These two pieces are not attached to the interior of the helmet, but it is a miracle that they have survived at all;  I have not seen a Princeton helmet with this padding present in the past.  Although no makers mark is discernable on the helmet, I have been informed by a Spalding historian that the stitching pattern of this helmet bears the unmistakable likeness of a Spalding.  The leather of the helmet is soft and supple, but does feature three areas of minor leather loss (possible burns?)  Overall this is a fantastic looking very rare type of early football helmet.
INV#0264
SOLD



Mid-1930's Goldsmith Brand Wing Front Leather Football Helmet. 
Sold.

Early 1920's Red Grange Style 4 Strap Reach Leather Football Helmet.  This helmet came from the estate of an unknown Pottsville Maroons player, and was likely used during his days with the Maroons.  The helmet has a strong Reach mark at the forehead area.  There is a small area of wool interior padding missing in one area.  Overall very strong condition.  SOLD

Circa 1915-1920 Gladiator Style Dog Ear Leather Football Helmet - Unknown maker - very nice patina - SOLD



Circa 1900-10 Draper and Maynard Two Toned Flat Top Style Football Head Harness.  Still has its very legible cloth makers tag on the forehead area with the classic dog D & M logo.  This great early flat top helmet shows a lot of use with the leather on the top being a bit rough in areas.  Overall a great early helmet with a great look.  
SOLD




Circa 1910 Spalding Moleskin and Leather Flattop Football Helmet.  This great early helmet features moleskin sides, a leather top with leather strips extending down the back of the helmet.  The leather has some dry areas but is in generally very nice condition.  There is a circular Spalding logo on the top leather.  The name Kilpatrick is written on the side rear of the helmet.  The helmet came from the estate of Fred E Kilpatrick (1889 - 1965) of LaGrange County, Indiana.  Overall the condition is very nice and it retains its wool interior padding.  Great early Spalding Flattop.
INV#0448
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Circa 1900 A J Reach Eight Spoke Strap Football Head Harness.  Features an embossed Reach logo on the forehead region of the helmet. This early football relic is in amazing condition, with a very nice patina to the leather, and fully intact interior woold padding.  Great early helmet!
SOLD


Circa 1915 to 1925 Draper & Maynard Black Leather Dog Ear style Football Helmet.  This helmet is in beautiful condition with very flexible black leather.  The helmet features the classic D&M dog logo on its backside.  The helmet retains all of its interior padding and its original chinstrap.   A very attractive early D&M Football Helmet.
SOLD



Circa 1920 Wilson Brand Dog Ear Style Football Helmet.  This helmet features some light ink notations on it, and features the vestiges (very difficult to discern) of a Wilson makers mark on its neck area.  The helmet has retained all of its interior padding, and is in nice condition. 
Sold.


Circa 1910 Brine Brand Black Leather Flattop Football Helmet.  This is a smaller sized helmet, that features a red Brine manufacturer tag sewn into its interior.  The helmet has very dry and rigid leather, with some minor areas of leather loss.  The interior wool padding is in very nice condition.  Even with the dry leather, this helmet still displays very nicely, and is a very affordable example of an early flattop football helmet.
SOLD



Beautiful Circa 1905 Spalding No. A Rain Cap Style Football Helmet.  This helmet features circular Spalding embossed logos on the bottom of each ear pad.  The top of each ear pad features a Patent date of March 1902.  There are no tears or damage to this beauty, and the leather is soft and flexible.  The interior padding of this helmet is in fabulous condition with no noticeable flaws.  Rain cap style helmets are extremely scarce, and this Spalding example is the finest I've encountered.
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Beautiful Circa 1910 Spalding Moleskin and Leather  Flattop Football Helmet.  This great early helmet features moleskin sides, a leather top with leather strips extending down the back of the helmet.  The leather, especially on the top, is soft and supple, and features a circular Spalding logo on the top.  There are some initials on the front of the helmet, but otherwise this helmet is in excellent condition.  It retains its wool interior padding and original chin strap.  Great early Spalding Flattop.
INV#0449
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Fantastic Circa 1900 to 1910 A.J. Reach Brand No 4 Model 8 Spoke Football Head Harness.  This beauty has a rich mahogany tone to its leather, and features a bold Reach logo and numeral 4 on the forehead area.  The helmet retains all of its original padding, and although there are some mildly dry areas overall the leather is in soft and supple condition.  This rare style Eight Spoke helmet would be a great addition to any collection.
 Sold.





Circa 1900 Biddle Sporting Goods Brand Eight Spoke Head Harness.  This attractive football relic is made of a black patent leather, and features a silver Biddle makers mark on the crown with the model number 160.  Biddle was a sporting goods company in Philadelphia founded in 1837, and this is the first football helmet I've ever seen from them.  The leather is a little stiff and dry, but displays nicely, and has a repaired tear in the leather above the right ear pad area.  The wool padding is mostly intact, and the helmet retains its chin strap.  Overall a very attractive 8 spoke from a rare maker.
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Beautiful Circa 1915 to 1920 Honus Wagner Brand Gladiator Style Dog Ear Football Helmet.  This helmet is a beauty, with a very nice mahogany brown toned leather.  The leather and interior wool padding are both in very nice condition, and the helmet retains most of its internal leather suspension apparatus.  There is a sewn in cloth tag with Honus Wagner's facsimile signature.  This fantastic looking early helmet is even more of a rarity being that it was made by the legendary Honus Wagner's Sporting Goods company.
INV#0450
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Beautiful Circa 1910 Spalding All Leather Flattop Football Head Harness in stellar condition.  This beauty has soft and supple leather, with no rips or tears.  It also retains all of its original interior wool padding.  The helmet features a sewn in cloth Spalding tag within its interior.  This style of head harness extends down the neck region, providing additional protection.  A stunning example of an early Spalding flattop style football helmet.
No Longer Available.




1920's Era Two Toned Red Grange Style Leather Football Helmet.  This helmet is composed of black leather, with two brown colored leather bands crossing the helmets top.  I cannot discern a makers mark, although it looks like one did at one point grace the forehead region.  This two toned leather helmet has a great look.
Sold.


1930's Black and Orange Colored Leather Football Helmet.   This heavy duty helmet is a larger sized helmet, and features the orange number 17 on its back.  The helmet bears Princeton's colors, and I cannot find a makers mark on it. 
Sold.


Turn of the Century A.J. Reach Brand Eight Spoke Football Head Harness.  This beautiful helmet has soft and supple leather, with all of its interior padding intact.  It has a readable, but tough to photograph, Reach keystone makers mark on the forehead area.  This beautiful helmet would be a wonderful addition to any collection.
Sold.


Beautiful Circa 1930 Rawlings Model 15 Red Grange Style Leather Football Helmet.  This great helmet features the script Rawlings mark on both the front and rear, and is in excellent condition.  It has retained its original chin strap and interior padding.  Very attractive early Rawlings helmet.
Sold.


Mid-1930's Goldsmith Brand Wing Front Leather Football Helmet.  This super attractive helmet features a Goldsmith makers mark on its back, with the model number 64.  The helmet has a beautiful black leather exterior, with the classic wing front style.  Great looking helmet.
Sold.






Spectacular Mid 1920's Spalding 2 Piece Executioner Style Football Helmet.  This executioner consists of a Spalding ZH model helmet and a Spalding No. NP model Noseguard.  The noseguard is made of an attractive black leather, and features a Patent Applied For mark as well a small circular makers mark that is difficult to make out, but I believe is a Spalding mark.  The noseguard is in very nice condition, although the leather strap that extends over the top of the head looks like it broke during its original use, and was replaced with an older shoelace which ties into the two straps that wrap around the face toward the back of the head.  The ZH helmet has a two toned look with brown mahogany toned leather, and dark black leather straps criss crossing the top.  The helmet features a strong Spalding mark on the forehead, and a faint Spalding mark on the interior crown portion.  The above catalog images were taken from a mid 1920's Spalding catalog, and show both the ZH helmet and NP noseguard on the same page; this combination could be purchased as one unit, called a ZHN, or as 2 separate pieces like this married pairing.  Executioner football helmets almost never come up for sale, and this is a fantastic looking two piece example.
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Circa 1900 to 1910 Rain Cap Style Leather Football Head Harness.  This attractive helmet a soft brown leather exterior with darker toned leather ear flaps.  The interior of this high end helmet is also composed of leather.  The helmet retains its original chin strap, and is in overall excellent condition.  The helmet does have a discernable makers mark.  A beautiful early rain cap style helmet.
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Pre-1918 Wright & Ditson Heavily Ventilated Football Head Harness.  This helmet features a strong Wright and Ditson mark on its forehead, and is a very well made helmet, in beautiful condition.  It has the name Archibald noted in the lid of the interior, as well as the lower left side of the neck area of the helmet.  The helmet is covered in ventilation holes, and is just a beautiful early helmet.
Sold.




Mid 1920's Rare Lace-up style Goldsmith Brand Leather Football Helmet.  This helmet features a seldom scene lace up apparatus on the back of the helmet, to provide a customizable snug fit.  The helmet features a round Goldsmith makers mark on its backside.  The helmet has some dry areas of leather but presents very  nicely, and features all of its interior padding intact.  A very attractive rare style helmet
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 Circa 1900 Very Interesting Folk Art Style Handmade Rain Cap Style Football Helmet.  This great helmet is made of several separate pieces of leather sewn together with a dark colored heavy leather thread.  The stitching is very well done, and reminds me of the stitching in 19th century baseballs.  This helmet, while not professionally made, was definitely made by someone with a good amount of skill like a shoemaker.  The helmet has the name Robinson faintly painted on the forehead region as well as on the interior.  This is a fantastic looking early helmet, that combines early folk art with football.
No Longer Available.


Spectacular Early 1930's Goldsmith Brand Viking Model Wing Front Two Toned Leather Football helmet.  This is a superb looking early helmet with a red leather wing design atop a golden toned leather.  The helmet is in excellent condition with very little wear exhibited.  The helmet features the Goldsmith and Viking marks on the forehead region as well as Patent Pending marking.  A unique looking early Goldsmith leather football helmet.
INV#VJ6

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Early 1930's Draper & Maynard No. 57H Leather Football Helmet in Seemingly Unworn Condition with its original D&M Price Hang Tag.  This helmet features soft and supple black leather with a strong D&M dog logo and model number on its reverse.  The helmet also retains it's original chin strap.  The above catalog image of a 57H is from a D&M 1931 - 1932 Fall and Winter Sporting Goods Catalog.  A fantastic looking early D&M Football helmet.
INV#VJ4
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Late 1930's or Early 1940's George Reach Brand Wing Front Leather Football Helmet.  This helmet features a black leather wing front, and a hard black shell.  The helmet does not show much use, and has a strong Geo. Reach tag in its interior crown.  A nice early wing front helmet.
INV#VJ9
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Spectacular Circa 1940's Wilson College All - Stars Football Helmet.  This style of helmet was worn by the College All Stars, in which the best College players would annually take on the NFL Champions of the previous year.  This killer helmet features silver leather with alternating red and blue straps donning the top of the helmet.  The helmet is in phenomenal condition with a strong Wilson mark on the forehead, as well as in the interior crown.  There is also a Airlite Cushion Rubber mark on the interior.  A great looking Wilson leather helmet with a patriotic flare.
INV#VJ3
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Beautiful 1930's Mint Condition Reach Brand H23 Model Football Helmet.  This helmet was undoubtedly never used, and likely never saw the light of day.  It is in superb condition with a very strong Reach mark on the forehead area, soft and supple leather, and a clean interior.  The helmet also retains its original chin strap with snap closures.  Antique leather football helmets rarely show up in this type of condition.
INV#VJ5
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Early 1930's Draper & Maynard No. 58H  All-American Model Leather Football Helmet.  This helmet features a beautiful 2 tone leather design with a golden brown wing front and striping, atop a dark black leather.  The helmet has a strong D&M dog logo and model number on its reverse.  The helmet also retains it's original chin strap.  The above catalog image of a 58H is from a D&M 1931 - 1932 Fall and Winter Sporting Goods Catalog.  A fantastic looking early D&M Football helmet.
INV#VJ7
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Circa 1930's Hutch H-12 Model Wing Front Leather Football Helmet.  This helmet features a beautiful 2 tone leather design with a golden brown wing front and striping, atop a dark black leather.  The helmet is missing portions of wool liner near the ear flap on each side, but otherwise is in very nice condition.  A great looking and well made helmet by the Cincinnati maker.
INV#1411B
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Circa 1915 to 1920 Spalding Model W Football Head Harness.  This beautiful helmet features a bold Spalding mark on the forehead, as well as the model W designation.  The helmet is in stellar condition, with its only flaw being a name written in the crown of the interior.  This was a high quality helmet, favorite by college players of the day.
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Very Attractive Mid 1920's Spalding ZH Model Football Helmet.  This ZH helmet has a two toned look with brown mahogany toned leather, and dark black leather straps criss crossing the top.  The helmet features a strong Spalding mark on the forehead, and a faint Spalding mark on the interior crown portion.  A strong example of an attractive early Spalding helmet.
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Exceedingly Scarce Spectacular Late 1920's Draper & Maynard Brand One Piece Executioner Style Leather Football Helmet.  This is only the second known D&M Executioner known to exist, and it is a killer looking helmet.  The helmet features a period chocolate brown paint job with white stripes atop, and a white painted number 39 on its reverse.  The helmet does not have any discernable D&M marks, but it is undoubtedly a Draper & Maynard example as it matches identically to catalog illustrations and to the other known example.  The helmet is in fantastic condition, with no cracking to the leather, and retains all of its original strapping and interior suspension.  The paint could most likely be removed if its new owner so wished, and I could recommend someone for this task, but I wanted to keep it in its original painted state.  This helmet was recently discovered in a Cambridge, Massachusetts estate, and is a fresh to the market executioner.  The back of the helmet just below the number 39 is stamped/embossed the mark 5096.  I do not know if this is a model number (doubtful since it doesn't coincide with a D&M model number) or a school/team code of some type.  The helmet retains its original chin strap, and the back of the helmet features elastic strapping at each side to allow for a flexible more custom fit.  This exceedingly rare Executioner helmet has a phenomenal look, and undoubtedly would be a cornerstone to any collection.
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Early 1920's S.R. & Company Dog Ear Style Leather Football Helmet.  This helmet is in nice condition with a strong maker's mark on its back side.  The helmet also retains all of its original interior padding.  An attractive dog ear style leather football helmet.
INV#VJ8
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Early 20th Century Leather Flat Top Style Football Helmet.  This style of leather football helmet was used from about 1905 to 1925.  On two places in its interior, the helmets former owner inscribed their name W. Forsburg, as well as J.E. Techs, and the year 1924.  Underneath one of these inscriptions appears to be a round makers mark stamped on the interior.  It is a round mark, and likely either a Reach or Spalding mark., but it is difficult to discern.  This helmet does have some condition issues, including an area of leather loss along its back left side, and some brittle, broken areas of leather at the front center.  Also the right ear flap does have a significant tear to the leather.  Despite these flaws, this early flattop helmet still displays nicely, and is an affordable example of a flattop style helmet.
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Early 1960's Riddell TK2 Model Kralite Princeton University Game Worn Football Helmet.  This helmet would have been used without a facemask, and is in very nice condition, with the occasional scuffing present.  The helmet is has its TK2 Tru Kurv model marking on its interior, and features a 6 loop 12 point suspension.  The helmet also features its original Riddell chin strap.  The helmet originates from the Helm's Museum, and has a paper label inside marked Princeton.  A fantastic looking early Riddell Helmet.
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Very Rare Goldsmith Brand 8 Attachment Princeton Style Model PH Football Helmet.  Considered one of the rarest style of early football helmets, Princeton style helmets feature a helmet crown that attaches to the rest of the body of the helmet, by triangular sewn attachment points.  All Princeton helmets are very rare, but the more commonly seen style is the 4 attachment style, which was worn a little earlier.  As to rarity, you probably see 5 4-attachment style helmets to every one 8-attachment style, although you could wait several years to find even a 4 attachment offered for sale.  The 8 attachment helmets were worn during the 1920's through the early 1930's, and the above catalog image is from 1930 (at which time the PH model first appeared).  As the catalog states, the PH model was designed for warmer climate players, thus explaining its very scant padding as compared to other helmets of the period.  This scant padding also likely explains its current day scarcity, as it would provide little protection, and likely was not a popular seller.  This example retains its Goldsmith and model PH marking, and also has a stamped 13 at one ear flap, which likely denotes a player number.  The helmet features a nice mahogany toned leather, and has a great look.  A very nice example of  a very rare style of early football helmet.
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Killer 1920's Wilson Brand Knute Rockne signature model Clear Vision Leather Football Helmet.  This beast of a helmet is huge, undoubtedly worn by a large player.  The helmet features strong markings on its forehead area, and has soft and flexible leather.  The helmets interior is also in strong condition.  A great early Rockne endorsed helmet.
INV#VJ2
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Circa 1915 to 1925 Dark Chocolate Brown Leather Dog Ear Style Football Helmet.  This helmet has a great look with a beautiful chocolate brown patina.  The helmet does not have any discernable makers mark present.  The exterior of the helmet is a beautiful, but the interior wool padding does have some moth-eaten areas.  A very attractive Dog Ear style helmet
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Late 1920's Knute Rockne Endorsed Lowe & Campbell Red Grange Style Football Helmet.  This attractive helmet retains its interior suspension, and features a Lowe & Campbell mark on the back right, with a facsimile signature of the Notre Dame Legend Rockne above it.  A great looking early helmet with a great Notre Dame connection.
$600.00 - Sold Pending Payments



Very Large Sized Circa 1930's Green and Gold Painted Leather Football Helmet.  This hulking helmet is massive sized, slipping on and off my adult mannequin head with ease.  This is a very well made helmet,  and although the high quality paint job has probably hidden the maker,  I would speculate that it is a Wilson brand based on others I've handled.  The helmet has a beautiful green and gold paint job, and the interior of the helmet looks in nearly unworn condition.  The helmet retains its original chin strap, and the helmet features 4 intersecting leather straps across its top.  A great looking monster sized 1930's helmet.
INV#1411A
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