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Antique Vintage Football Helmets



We are building a photographic collection of vintage football helmets to share with you. All of these items have been sold in the auctions or retail sales of AntiqueAthlete.com, the sponsor of this website. Please browse the links below to view our vintage football helmet collection.

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Spalding Flat Top Football Helmet - Moleskin and Leather

Turn of the Century Spalding Flat Top Football Helmet - Moleskin and Leather. This is a very Scarce, First Generation, Spalding Moleskin and Leather, Flat-Top Style Football Helmet.  This fine vintage football helmet is very rare with the more expensive moleskin as opposed to canvas and leather. Made by the A. G. Spalding Sporting Goods Company, it is of the highest quality. The condition is quite excellent as it exhibits moderate use with a very clean interior. It represents well, the classic "flat-top" style when referring to vintage leather helmets. This high quality, antique football helmet remains in very fine, EX-MT condition!



Turn of the Century Football Helmet - Spalding Leather Flat-Top

Turn of the Century Spalding All Leather Flat-Top Football Helmet. This exceptional, vintage football helmet is a stunning example from this era. Made by the A. G. Spalding Sporting Goods Company, it is of the highest quality. The condition is positively outstanding as it exhibits very little use. It represents well, the classic "flat-top" style when referring to vintage leather helmets. The Spalding cloth patch is sewn into the wool interior of the helmet, which also remains in pristine condition.


1904 Antique Football Helmet - Head Harness

Here we have an extremely scarce 1904 Reach Football Head Harness. This amazing vintage football helmet was their Model No.0, their top of the line helmet, and their most expensive helmet that year. It is a very early example of the dog-ear style helmet. A close look at the primitive chin strap point of connection is a solid indicator of it's early design. Also note the large gap between the upper half and lower half of the helmet, this is also of the earliest design. These features can also be noticed in the image of the catalog page which comes from a 1904-1905 Reach catalog. The antique football helmet remains in gorgeous condition with supple leather and the completely intact chin strap and fastener. An very rare and unusual example.


1900-10 Leather Football Helmet made by Spalding

This is a 1900-10 Spalding Leather Football Helmet. This vintage football helmet is an extremely scarce style. It along with the flat-top style is among the very first "dog-ear" style helmets. The lower-back of the helmet remains the same as the Spalding flat-top as it has not yet evolved into the more sturdy and improved design which came much later. With the flat-top having it's own place among vintage football helmet collections, this helmet would be considered the first of the dog-ear style.


1905-10 Reach Model 0 Leather Football Helmet

1905-10 Reach Model 0 Leather Football Helmet. This exceptional, vintage football helmet is an excellent example from this era. Made by the A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Company, it is of the highest quality. The condition is VG-EX with the chinstrap tabs torn but the leather is nice and the logo is strong. It represents well, the classic "dog-ear" style when referring to vintage leather helmets. A fine, high quality, vintage football helmet from this era!


Antique Football Helmet 1910's Era

ITEM 3: Offered here is a wonderful antique football helmet, a 1910's Victor-Wright & Ditson Black Leather Dog-Ear Style Football Helmet. This fine vintage football helmet has seen a modest amount of use and remains in outstanding condition. Indeed, this is a high quality leather football helmet which remains in exceptional EX-MT to NR-MT condition. The interior exhibits minimal use, and as the images indicate, the exterior leather remains supple and in wonderful condition also. A very solid example from this era.


Unique 1910-15's Antique Football Helmet - Spalding

This is a gorgeous 1910-15’s Unusual Style Spalding Leather Football Helmet. As the image above portrays, this vintage football helmet is of a very unusual design. While technically a dog-ear helmet, the one piece construction on the lower half and unusual puffy top is very uncommon. The helmet is lightly marked with the A G Spalding & Brothers logo, the leather remains very supple and the interior is leather lined and in excellent condition. This antique football helmet remains in solid EX-MT condition and looks great with the black striping on the brown base.


Late 1910s GoldSmith Dog-Ear Style Leather Football Helmet

1910s GoldSmith Dog-Ear Style Leather Football Helmet
1910s GoldSmith Dog-Ear Style Leather Football Helmet label
Late 1910s GoldSmith Dog-Ear Style Leather Football Helmet. This is a very high quality leather football helmet. It has a great GoldSmith logo stamped into the vintage leather and the original chin strap. Outstanding NR-MT condition!


Late 1910s D&M Black Leather Football Helmet

Late 1910s D&M Black Leather Football Helmet
Late 1910s D&M Black Leather Football Helmet. This is an exceptional leather football helmet. Made by D&M in the late 1910s it was the top of the line leather helmet offered at that time. The near mint unused condition of the helmet makes it especially rare. Vintage football equipment is difficult to find in good condition, this helmet is outstanding!


1910-15 Black Leather Dog-Ear Style Leather Football Helmet

leather football helmet was made by the Thomas E. Wilson sporting goods company
This leather football helmet was made by the Thomas E. Wilson sporting goods company. The same Wilson sporting Goods that we know of today. This is a great vintage "dog-ear" style helmet described as such because of the "floppy" ears. It is a fabulous example from this time period in the evolution of the football helmet. It is of very high quality, black leather and maintains the original chin strap. It shows a modest amount of wear and grades EX-MT.


Early 1920’s Rawlings Brown Leather “Red Grange” Style Football Helmet

Here is an Early 1920’s Rawlings Brown Leather, “Red Grange” Style, Football Helmet. This exceptional, vintage football helmet is an excellent example from this era. Made by the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, it is of the highest quality. The chocolate brown leather remains soft and supple, and the interior is firmly intact. Additionally, the original owner attached a "cheat sheet" of the different plays to the interior, a rather unique feature but could be easily removed if desired. The condition is gorgeous EX-MT. An exceptional, high quality, antique football helmet from this era!


1920's White Leather Antique Football Helmet made by Thomas E. Wilson

Very Scarce 1920’s WHITE Leather Football Helmet made by Thomas E. Wilson. This amazing antique leather football helmet is made entirely of WHITE LEATHER. To be considered exceedingly rare, as it is the one and only all white leather helmet that we have ever encountered in 24 years of full time business. The helmet is identified as made by the Thomas E. Wilson Sporting Goods Company, Model 157. An extremely high quality helmet complete with the original chin strap intact. This is a beautiful display piece for your vintage football collection! Condition is solid EX-MT.


1920's Leather Football Helmet

This is a 1920's Leather Football Helmet. We rarely offer painted football helmets but this helmet possesses so much character with it's ideal patina and exceptional eye appeal! Additionally, it is complete with the original chin strap and constructed of the highest quality materials. Definitely of college or professional quality. It is a positively gorgeous helmet, white with black stripes and just great looking!


1920's Leather Football Helmet

This is a 1920's Leather Football Helmet. This vintage leather football helmet was made by Wilson. The helmet is made entirely of brown leather with black leather strips that crisscross over the top. A typical style from the Red Grange era of football. The helmet is of the highest quality and remains complete with the original chinstrap. The bold Wilson logo is proudly placed in the front and center of the helmet. A wonderful example in solid EX-MT condition!


1920-30’s Spalding Two-Color Leather Football Helmet

A 1920-30’s Spalding 2-Color Leather Football Helmet. This antique football helmet represents the typical helmet worn by the professional teams, and colleges as well. The quality is exceptional and on this particular example and the condition is excellent. The spalding logo is located on the forehead area at the front. This fine vintage leather football helmet remains in EX condition and comes with the original chin-strap intact.


1920s Spalding Leather Football Helmet

1920s Spalding Leather Football Helmet
1920s Spalding Leather Football Helmet. This vintage leather football helmet was made by Spalding. The helmet is entirely brown leather with black leather strips of leather crisscrossing over the top.


1920s Ken-Wel Leather Football Helmet

1920s Ken-Wel Leather Football Helmet
1920s Ken-Wel Leather Football Helmet. This exceptional vintage leather football helmet is as fine of an example from this era that you will ever find. Made by Ken-Wel, it is of the highest quality. The condition is outstanding with supple leather, a perfect patina and complete with the original chin-strap.


1920-30’s Spalding Wing-Front, Michigan Style Leather Football Helmet

This is a 1920-30’s Spalding Wing-Front, Michigan Style Leather Football Helmet. This vintage football helmet is an extremely scarce style. It represents the first of the wing-front design. Additionally, the helmet has a stunning appearance with the brown leather base and black leather detail. Of course the amazing NR-MT condition is a significant factor in the exceptional appearance. The leather helmet is complete with the original chinstrap


1930’s Game Used Clemson University Leather Football Helmet

This is a 1930’s Game Used Clemson University Leather Football Helmet, made by Lowe & Campbell. College football helmets from this era a super rare. This exceptional antique football helmet is Clemson orange with a black number 9 painted on the back left. A common practice for marking the college helmets from this era. As to be expected, it is of the highest quality construction, a tank of a helmet! Just an outstanding helmet with ideal game that has resulted in a gorgeous patina, must see!


1930’s Brown Leather Antique Football Helmet

A unique 1930’s Brown Leather Football Helmet with a gorgeous patina and look. This is a very interesting vintage football helmet with unusually large vent holes and a rich patina and surface. The supple leather is high quality and the dark carmel color makes for a gorgeous display. This beautiful antique football helmet is built like a tank and still remains in solid EX-MT condition. A superb example of this style and era.


AWESOME 1930-40’s MacGregor-GoldSmith Leather Football Helmet

This is an AWESOME 1930 - 1940’s Leather Football Helmet made by MacGregor GoldSmith in factory red and white paint. These vintage football helmets that come colored from the factory are super scarce, super desirable and were super expensive when they were made. Every aspect of this helmet is top quality as it was likely produced specifically for a top university or college. This stunning antique football helmet remains in NR-MT to MINT condition. A fine way to add some color to your vintage football helmet collection with a museum quality helmet.


1930-40s Hutch Red and White Leather Football Helmet MINT in the Original Box

1930-40s Hutch Red and White Leather Football Helmet MINT in the Original Box. The offered item is a great looking, vintage football helmet that has remained in gorgeous MINT condition for well over half of a century! The box has even survived in wonderful condition!


1930-40’s MacGregor H612 Leather Football Helmet

This is a 1930-40’s MacGregor H612 Leather Football Helmet. The MacGregor model H612 was far and away the most popular college football helmet in the 1930's and 1940's. Used by Notre Dame, Navy, Penn and countless other colleges and universities. It is a tank of a helmet and withstood the gridiron well. This example is factory white in color and has the addition of two maroon stripes painted front to back, flanking the center line. We have no provenance on this helmet so we cannot say for certain what school it is from. Likely though, that is was a large school as these helmets were among the most expensive and were not something to be found on the sandlots or even high school teams.


1930-40s Minnesota University Leather Football Helmet

1930-40s Minnesota University Leather Football Helmet. This fantastic, vintage football helmet was used by a player from The University of Minnesota. The colors are from the factory, this helmet was NOT painted, it was made at the factory for the use by the university. It is a top of the line vintage football helmet that remains is solid EX-MT condition.


Nokona Leather Football Helmet

Nokona Leather Football Helmet
1920’s D&M Catcher’s Mask
Late 1930's Nokona Black Leather Football Helmet. Scarce maker, high quality helmet, great Nokona logo, complete with chin strap, EX-MT to NR-MT.


1950s Wilson Football Helmet

1950s Wilson Football Helmet
1950s Wilson Football Helmet. This is a very solid, high quality vintage football helmet. It was made by the Wilson Sporting Goods Company and features a fully leather lined interior padding. It is an excellent representation form this era in professional football. The helmet is complete with the original chin-strap and the condition is EX-MT.


1950s Babe Parilli Decal Helmet made by Hutch


1950s Babe Parilli Decal Helmet made by Hutch. This is a very scarce vintage football helmet from one of the great quarterbacks of the early days of professional football. Babe Parilli played 15 seasons of professional football primarily with the Boston Patriots but also the Green Bay Packers. The helmet itself remains in amazing NR-MT to MINT condition. The Hutch decal and signature decal of Parilli are unflawed which suggests that this helmet has seen very light use, if any at all!




 
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