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Fireman's belt: liberty hose

Object Number: 
INV.9131
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 3/8 x 2 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 100 x 7.3 x 3.5 cm )
Marks: 
applied: center obverse: "L[I]BER[T]Y HOSE" handwritten: center reverse: "MY DUTY BELT. / R. A. BOOKMAN. (EXEMPT.)" painted: reverse: "2334"
Description: 
Brown leather fireman's duty belt; red recess in the center with applied painted leather letters reading "L[I]BER[T]Y HOSE"; red leather binding machine-sewn around outer edges; 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 "1" at the center.
Gallery Label: 
This duty belt belonged to R. A. Bookman, exempt from military service as a volunteer firefighter.
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