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Fireman's belt: "exempt"

Object Number: 
INV.9129
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
overall (as folded): 13 7/8 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. ( 35.2 x 11.4 x 8.6 cm )
Marks: 
applied: across center of belt: "EXEMPT" applied: center of belt sleeve: "23 W / HP" painted: reverse: "2334"
Description: 
Brown leather fireman's duty belt; red recess in the center with applied painted leather letters reading "EXEMPT"; brown leather binding machine sewn around outer edges; there is a leather strap underneath one end of the belt which buckles onto metal buckle on opposite end, which is secured to the belt with two metal studs; the belt at the strap end slips into belt sleeve at the buckle end; the belt sleeve has a red shield shaped recess with the number "23 W / HP" at the center.
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