Fire helmet: Chief

Object Number: 
INV.8854
Date: 
ca. 1873
Medium: 
Leather, paint, brass, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/4 x 11 x 14 in. ( 23.5 x 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on metal plaque affixed to back of brim: "PRESENTED TO / John Royal / Chief of the Fire Dept. / MORRISANIA / By Lady Washington / Engine Co. / No. 1 / Dec. 24th 1873." printed paper label: affixed inside crown: "ANDERSON & JONES. / Manufacturer
Description: 
Light olive green painted leather presentation fire helmet with ninety-six(?) combs; embossed floral decoration on back of brim with inscribed plaque at center; gold, red, and black painted leather frontpiece with image of fire engine above cartouche with initials "J. R."; brass frontpiece holder in the shape of a fireman; red textile half-lining with chainstitch embroidery.
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