Bullet-proof vest

Bullet-proof vest
Title
Bullet-proof vest
Date 
1960-1990
Medium 
Nylon, metal(?)
Dimensions 
Overall: 14 3/4 x 19 x 1/2 in. (37.5 x 48.3 x 1.3 cm)
Description 
Police chest protector in light blue nylon casing with large rectangular pocket at front center; twelve bullet holes in front labeled in blue ink with calibers of impacting bullets; two velcro pads on reverse.
Credit Line 
Gift of Ed Norris
Object Number 
2000.21
Marks 
handwritten in ink: on front: "357 magnum / 22 Long Rifle / 45 ACP / 9mm / [etc.]"
Gallery Label 
The donor, Edward Norris, is a former New York City police officer. This bullet-proof vest is typical of the vests worn by everyday uniform officers who patrol the city's streets. This particular example was used at the Police Academy to test various sizes of ammunition, which are labeled on the front. This type of armor was made to slip into a cloth vest worn by the officer; some officers also wear another smaller shield inside as well.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group