The nationís leading passer and MVP of the 1946 Rose Bowl, Alabama quarterback Harry Gilmer was a natural spokesperson for gridiron equipment. This late-1940s leather football helmet is a scarce survivor and reminder of the gameís archaic past. Crafted by the Chicago-based Dubow plant, the black and white leather head gear features a leather interior and a six-point crown suspension. Gilmerís facsimile signature is displayed on the front and would have to suffice in taking the impact as there were no protective face masks in those days! The relic exhibits evidence of phenomenal use at some level, with scuffing and cracking throughout. Additionally, one of the six canvas straps is detached within the crown.
NOTE: Gilmer was a Washington Redskin and an All-Pro.