Vintage 1940's Catcher's Shin Guards. The red and tan guards were from a load of Seattle Rainiers baseball equipment that was donated to Seattle's Franklin High School in the mid 1950's and used there by the high school team for some years.
The guards were of the highest quality. Supple deer skin leather connects the hard knee, shin and foot shields. Taut broad saddle leather interior straps hold the shin guard away from the catchers shin. They are partially lined with soft natural wool fleece for comfort.
They are 25 inches long. Faintly embossed on the leather between the knee and shin sections is, "Rawlings OM". The inside of the hard shin guards have ink marks that include F.H.S.
The shin guards have scratching, scuffs, lost stitching and some missing straps. The pieces have been used and show signs of wear, but overall everything is in very good condition for its age and use.
A great glimpse into baseball of yesteryears.
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