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Football Manufacturer Stitch Pattern Database

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Wright & Ditson
Spalding J5
Spalding No. 3,4,5
No. J5
No. A,B,C,D,F,S,25
Spalding No J
Spalding No. B,C,D,F,25
No. A
Spalding No. C,D,F,S,25
Spalding No. A,B,C,D,F,S,25
A.G. Spalding & Bros.
Wright & Ditson, 1893
Wright & Ditson, 1900
1893-1897
1896-1902
1898-1903
1891-1893
1904-1908
1903-1925
1909-1911
1912-1921
1912-1925
1912-1925
Wright & Ditson, 1883-1886
Wright & Ditson, 1923
A.J. Reach & Co.
Reach E5
Pre-1908
Reach No. 5,5H,5F,5M,5S
Pre-1906
Reach No. 5,5H,5F,5M,5S,5C,5R
1906-1908
Reach No. 5
1909-1920
Reach No. E5
1909-1920
Reach No. C5
1920-1925
Reach No. 5C,5M,5S
1909-1920
Reach No. 5F,5H
1909-1920
Reach No. 5SR
1921-1925
Reach No. 5R
1909-1920
Victor Sporting Goods
Victor No. 381,382,385,5R.J.
1900
Victor No. 385, R3,R9
1910-1920
Goldsmith
Goldsmith X5,R5,RS
Goldsmith 5U,5G,5T,5K,5H,5M,5L
1925
1920-1925
Goldsmith R5
1920
Goldsmith 5U,5J
1925
Stall & Dean
Stall & Dean No. 021,030,032,034,036,038,040,041,J41
1920
The majority of vintage melon footballs lost their original manufacturer embossing decades ago. This database was created to assist in the identification of ball manufacturers through the different stitch patterns used around the laces. The information contained in the database has been gleaned from available catalog information and is by no means complete. We will update the database regularly as new information is obtained. Representative patterns for different manufacturers have been provided below. The chart to the right provides catalog images for each ball style and manufacturer in the years in which they appeared.
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