Helmet and (2) armbands

Object Number: 
1948.34a-c
Date: 
1942-1945
Medium: 
Steel, paint, cotton; cotton, oilcloth
Dimensions: 
Overall (helmet): 6 in. × 13 1/8 in. × 12 in. (15.2 × 33.3 × 30.5 cm) Overall (armband b): 5 × 18 in. (12.7 × 45.
Marks: 
stamped: underside of brim (front): U. S. GOV'T / PROPERTY / O.C.D." ink stamped: underside of brim (rear): "PROPERTY / F.D.N.Y." handwritten in pencil: underside of brim: "17717 ENGINE 43 HERMAN SCHWEINERT" ink stamped: on reverse of armband (b): "177
Description: 
Red painted steel helmet (a) with insignia on front consisting of a red croix formée inside a white triangle inscribed in a blue circle; chin strap and head bracing made of gray cotton webbing; one hemmed white cotton twill armband (b) with insignia patch stitched to center, and one white oilcloth armband (c) imprinted with same insignia.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, these items were used by the donor while serving as a volunteer fireman during World War II.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Herman Schweinert
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group