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Football Helmet

Description

Early padded leather football helmet comprised of a leather ring with four square padded flaps attaching to a central pad at the crown of the head. Ear covers of padded leather are attached underneath the ring with a strap on right ear cover to latch under the chin to the other ear. Robert E. Lee Hall, Jr. (1885-1905), a football player for Baltimore City College, wore this helmet along with a jersey, padded pants, and shin guards to protect himself from injury while he played for his school team.

Creator

unknown

Date

circa 1901

Materials

Leather, doeskin, cotton

Resource ID

10806

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gordon Martin

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.