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Fire helmet frontpiece: Americus

Object Number: 
INV.9135
Date: 
1836-1868
Medium: 
Leather, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 5 x 1 3/4 in. ( 19 x 12.7 x 4.4 cm )
Marks: 
applied/painted leather: on obverse: "AMERICUS / 1 / JHC" stamped: on reverse: ". . . GRATACAP / 143 / GRAND ST N.Y." painted: reverse: "2334"
Description: 
Black painted leather frontpiece from a fire helmet; large, gold painted leather "1" superimposed on crossed hook and ladder at center, with "AMERICUS" and "JHC" in applied, gold painted leather lettering above and below.
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