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Rare 1891 "Victor Special" Morrill Football Nose Guard with Original Strap Remnant

Lot Number 988

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Football was a blood sport in its earliest days, as the 1894 Harvard-Yale game (a.k.a. "Hampden Park Blood Bath") made quite clear. The Morrill company's "Victor Special" nose guard was one of the revolutionary first efforts to make the gridiron safer. This 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" example bears an abrasion on the bridge of the nose and a triangular chunk missing from the ventilated nostril area. Otherwise, it's little affected by time or usage. There's an intact custom leather wrap at top with what appears to be a replacement head strap. Also included are partial attachment straps on the batwing-style cheeks.

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