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Fire helmet

Object Number: 
INV.200
Date: 
1854-1880
Medium: 
Leather, paint, brass, other metal, gilding, textile, cotton fiber
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 3/4 x 10 3/8 x 14 in. ( 24.8 x 26.4 x 35.6 cm )
Marks: 
applied leather: on frontpiece: "[N]Y / EXEMPT / ASSOCIATION / GHN" incised: on underside of brim: "EFA" handwritten: on paper affixed inside crown: "M. CALL . . ." painted: underside of brim: "2334"
Description: 
Thirty-two comb black painted leather fire helmet with tooled floral vine border on brim; black leather frontpiece with firefighting tools painted at center and "[N]Y EXEMPT ASSOCIATION" and "GHN" in gold painted leather lettering; gilded brass lion frontpiece holder; textile half-lining with cotton fiber padding.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Fund Association of the 23rd & 24th Wards, 1933
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group