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Fire helmet

Object Number: 
INV.199
Date: 
1885-1900
Medium: 
Leather, paint, brass, gilding, textile, cotton fiber
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 10 x 13 1/8 in. ( 22.9 x 25.4 x 33.3 cm )
Marks: 
applied leather: on frontpiece: "VETERAN / ASSN / VFA / NEW YORK / MWA" handwritten: on tape affixed to back of brim: "53" painted: underside of brim: "2334"
Description: 
Eight comb black painted leather fire helmet with tooled linear decoration on crown and floral vine border on brim; black leather frontpiece with "VETERAN ASSN / VFA / NEW YORK / MWA" in gold painted leather lettering; gilded brass eagle frontpiece holder; textile half-lining with cotton fiber padding.
Gallery Label: 
The Veteran Firemen's Association of New York was organized in 1885.
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