|My custom made 49ers Helmet History Folk Art display|
This display idea came from a piece of art that used to hang in a Sports Media production house in LA. As I was walking down the stairs to a production mixing room, I overheard management discussing taking down and trashing of a custom art display of 5 yellow painted helmets halves with matching yellow lineman face guards that was mounted on the stairs landing. The helmets were hung on a 15"x 7' piece of matte black painted wood and hung in the stairwell. I mentioned that if they were thinking of getting rid of the art, I would gladly take it off their hands and gave them my number to contact me. 2 weeks later, I was asked to pickup the Helmet display. Doesn't hurt to ask.
The art display sat in my garage for 2-3 years, but this past spring I found all the helmets and the board that they were initially mounted on and I began my little project of making an abbreviated helmet history of the 49ers.
First, I took all the hardware off and painted each with a primmer coat and then 2 coats of Gloss Black. I read that gloss black would bring out the vibrancy of metallic colors like the Silver and Gold helmets. The solid colored White and Red helmets were my first.
|Red Painted Helmet|
First 2 coats of Red and a Gloss Black helmet waiting to be painted white.
|2 coats of White|
|4 Helmets - 2 coats of High Gloss Black|
I loved the all Black helmets but, they needed to be painted with the Gold and Silver and the brilliance was stunning with just the first coat.
After the 2nd or 3rd coat on each helmet, I began mounting recently received single and double bar face masks. Unfortunately, I realized after mounting a single bar on the Red helmet, that back in early 50's they only had chin straps (to be added later).
|Mounted face mask|
|Mounting face masks|
|3 various mounted face masks|
Dates and Styles
The specific dates and styles of helmets that I was going to recreate was carefully decided as I went through the entire history of the 49ers uniforms and helmets. I didn't go with years that they were wearing leather helmets, but I wanted helmets that added to the color and flair of the periods they represented. So, with over 12 helmet changes throughout the 49ers 70 years as a team, I decided on six specific helmet styles.
|Closeup of 1st group of 3 Helmets on Display|
|Closeup of 2nd group of 3 Helmets on Display|
Go Niners ! ! !