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A pair of Turn of the Century Individual “Sewn-On” Canvas and Leather Football Shoulder Pads. These awesome, antique football shoulder pads were offered by Spalding, Victor and other leading manufacturers of vintage football gear during this era.
Issued by Bowman Gum Company. Sheet of 12 uncut football cards, from the Bowman Football series (R407-1) issued by Bowman Gum, 1948. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 327, R407-1.1) #MetGridironGreats
Absolutely among the most rare articles of football regalia ever offered at public auction, this 1880s-1890s uniform somehow survived the savage games of the past. The complete, canvas-style apparel is comprised of a long-sleeved lace-up top, padded pants, an Eaton-style cap, and shoulder pads. The years of spectacular preservation provide us with clues as to the garments' origins, as three of the well-kept pieces retain fully legible manufacturer information—sewn within the collar is a label th