Fireman's fatigue cap: protection; Hose #5; late 19th C.
Wool, leather, silk, metal
Overall: 3 x 9 5/8 x 7 in. ( 7.6 x 24.4 x 17.8 cm )
maker's label: inside top of crown: "143 / GRAND ST. / FIRE DEPT. / CAIRNS & BRO / SUPPLIES /. . . / NEW YORK" metal openwork: on front of cap: "PROTECTION / 5" in relief: on buttons: "F.D."
Blue wool fireman's fatigue cap with cylindrical crown with soft sides and flat top, flat black patent leather visor, and black patent leather chin strap secured at either side by a button embossed with initials "F.D."; gilded metal front insignia with "PROTECTION" and "5" in openwork design; leather sweatband and quilted black silk lining.
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