Fire helmet frontpiece: hutch? ranken

Object Number: 
INV.8934
Date: 
1868-1900
Medium: 
Leather, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. ( 21 x 11.4 x 7 cm )
Marks: 
applied/painted leather: on obverse: "HUGH. . .R[A]NKEN / 2 / TFD" stamped: on reverse: "CAIRNS & BRO / 143 / GRAND St N.Y."
Description: 
Black and gold painted leather frontpiece from a fire helmet; black painted leather "2" appliquéd on recessed, gold painted circle at center, with "HUGH. . .R[A]NKEN" and "TFD" in applied, black painted lettering on recessed, gold painted panels above and below.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group