Fireman's belt

Object Number: 
INV.395ab
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
overall (as folded): 18 1/2 x 5 x 1 5/8 in. ( 47 x 12.7 x 4.1 cm )
Marks: 
applied: across center of belt: "1ST VIC[E] PRESIDENT" applied: center of belt sleeve: "JS" painted: reverse: "2334"
Description: 
Brown leather fireman's belt painted yellow on obverse; applied strip of leather across center with applied leather lettering painted red, reading "1ST VIC[E] PRESIDENT"; narrow leather straps underneath both ends and metal buckle at one end, all secured to the belt with metal studs; buckle end has a belt sleeve with red painted recess at the center and applied yellow leather letters "JS"; beside the buckle is a removable leather loop with a metal clasp hanging from the bottom, secured with a metal stud; the clasp consists of a rounded hook with a tongue beneath the lip of the hook.
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