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Helmet - Bicycle, Brown Leather, Simpson's Gloves, Richmond, Victoria, circa 1930s Object Reg. No: SH 890096

Alternative Name(s): Bicycle Cap, Bicycle Hat, Cyclist's Helmet

Dark brown leather helmet, for use by cyclist. Made circa 1930-1939. Labelled 'Simpson's Gloves'. Probably made circa 1930-1939. Found in box in large downstairs storeroom at Simpson's Gloves 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.
Dark brown leather bicycle cap, sou'wester style; head lined with red/yellow plaid. Neck lined with fawn rabbit fur. Neck strap with buckle.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 34.50 cm (Height)

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Tagged with: cycles, cycling, cycling equipment supplies, glovemaking, leatherworking, trades, working life, protective clothing safety wear
Themes this item is part of: Simpson's Gloves Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Amos Griffiths Simpson, Glove Manufacturer (1878-1953), Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, 1924-1988, Production Processes at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Working Life at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Workers at Simpson's Gloves Factory
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Clothing Accessories
Tertiary Classification: sample products
Inscriptions: Label inside reads "Made By / Simpson's Gloves P/L / (logo) Victoia / Top Grain Hide", attached to buckle reads "7/8".
Manufacturer: Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1939

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