Update

Welcome back! New-York Historical is now open for visitors. Book your timed-entry tickets. And reserve separate, timed-entry tickets for our free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted in the rear courtyard.

Fireman's belt fragment: Columbia

Object Number: 
INV.9118
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Leather, metal
Dimensions: 
overall (as folded): 18 x 3 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. ( 45.7 x 8.6 x 4.1 cm )
Marks: 
applied: across center: "COLUMBIA" applied: center of belt sleeve: "1" painted: back: "2334"
Description: 
Brown leather fireman's belt; red recess in the center with applied painted leather letters reading "COLUMBIA"; yellow leather binding machine-sewn around outer edges; the belt sleeve has a red shield shaped recess with "1" at the center, set next to a metal medallion with the image of a fire engine 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