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Distinguishing Characteristics:
c. 1940 Exposed Fibre-Crown Helmets
Dates of Manufacture:
Exposed Fibre Crown Helmet
1932 - 1951
AF Designation
1942 Wilson D266A
1944 Lowe & Campbell No. F173
Fibre-Reinforced Molded Leather Body
Exposed Fibre Ventilated Crown
Multiple Forehead Design Options:
Wing, Shield, Mercury
From the mid-1930's through the mid-1940's, several football equipment manufacturers produced low cost exposed fibre crown models that were marketed to youth players. The fibre crown was "varnished" with an oil based product which made it water repellent. The crown was sewn to a fibre-reinforced molded leather body, and was often finished with a foam rubber cushioned leather forehead pad in one of multiple designs, including the wing front, shield front, and mercury front.
1942 Rawlings M75
1936 Horace Partridge F142