This extremely rare vintage football noseguard was patented by the inventor, Micheal T. Marietta in 1949. The protective mask was designed to protect the football player’s nose and face. Patent information for this unusual vintage football noseguard includes the following; Patented 1949 PLASTIC FOOTBALL PLAYERS MASK Filed Dec. 29, 1949 Patented Dec. 26, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE PLASTIC FOOTBALL PLAYERS MASK Michael T. Marietta, Dallas, TX. As a fulltime dealer for over 29 years, this is the first example of this first time we have encountered this unusual form of nose and face protection. An extremely uncommon item for your vintage football collection! Please call directly with any questions or concerns.