Fire helmet frontpiece: ?ope hose

Object Number: 
INV.8935
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Leather, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. ( 19.7 x 14 x 3.5 cm )
Marks: 
applied/painted leather: on obverse: "[H]OPE / HOSE / 2 / [W K?]" painted: reverse: "2334"
Description: 
Black painted leather frontpiece from a fire helmet; "2" cut out at center and backed with gold painted leather, with "[H]OPE / HOSE" in applied, gold painted lettering on recessed panels above.
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