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Ear Protector - Rugby Union, Brown Leather, circa 1930s Object Reg. No: SH 890652

Alternative Name(s): Helmet

Brown leather rugby union ear protector. Made circa 1930 - 1939 in Richmond. It was found in small storeroom downstairs at Simpson's Glove Factory in 1989.

Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd was established in Victoria St, Richmond, in 1924. It manuufactured leather gloves, coats, handbags, helmets and associated leather goods in response to market demands, largely for an up-market clientele. The company first operated in Smith Street, and subsequently Alexandra Parade, Collingwood, relocating to Victoria Street, Richmond in 1928, where it remained until it was sold in 1988. The large proportion of its employees were women.

Museum Victoria's Simpson's Glove Collection covers all aspects involved in the process of manufacturing, from design and cutting to the machine work and the sales and marketing of the finished products. The collection documents many industrial and social issues.
Brown leather rugby union ear protector, lined with calico. Tied under the chin with double brown tapes. Helmet is padded.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 58.00 cm (Height), 28.00 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: sportswear, rugby, manufacturing, leather products
Themes this item is part of: Simpson's Gloves Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Leisure Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Clothing Accessories
Tertiary Classification: sample products
Place & Date Used: Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s

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