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1920s Executioner's Football Helmet (MEARS LOA - U of Michigan)

1920s Executioner's Football Helmet (MEARS LOA - U of Michigan)

This is the best and fullest executioner-style helmet around, showing game wear that both softens and invigorates the leather and gives it that hard but supple appeal. This football helmet from the 1920s was recently discovered in an attic trunk in Ann Arbor, MI, in a house close to the University of Michigan campus. Therefore it is quite possibly a true UM artifact. "Spalding" is in a circular incised stamp on the front of the helmet and size 7 1/8 on the front left panel. The exterior is constructed of black leather, with a lace up back, and the executioner-style full frontal face on the front. It shows significant game wear but is still in wonderful condition with its original chin strap still affixed, and it has a timeless aging that makes it so much better than when it was new. This full-frontal design is the rarest and most desirable of the executioner models made. After reviewing all of the recent finds we consider this to be the finest example of this "holy grail" of vintage football helmets. As the executioner helmet was unpopular with most players because of limited visibility, it is also the hardest to find. This one was probably the most uncomfortable version, but also the most striking and disturbing in appearance. The helmet measures 11" high and 12" wide, not including the chinstrap. The leather is still supple unlike most examples of this vintage, which have dried out from age. Condition overall is EX-MT, comes with MEARS LOA.


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