Fire helmet: chief engineer M.J.B.

Object Number: 
INV.8858
Date: 
ca. 1864
Medium: 
Leather, paint, brass, gilding, other metal, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 15 3/8 in. ( 23.5 x 27 x 39.1 cm )
Marks: 
painted: on frontpiece: "CHIEF / ENGINEER / M. J. B." engraved: on plaque affixed to back of brim: "Presented to / Mack J. Bergen / Foreman of Jackson Engine / Co. No. 4 Morrisania by the / Members of the Company as a / token of their Esteem / Aug. 1864"
Description: 
Thirty-two comb leather presentation fire helmet painted light olive green (originally white?); engraved oval plaque at center back of brim framed by embossed floral decoration; painted leather frontpiece with fire engine and "CHIEF / ENGINEER / M. J. B." in black and red on gold ground; gilded brass eagle frontpiece holder; textile half-lining.
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