Badge: New York Exempt...Washington's Monument...1910 NYC...
Silk, paper, brass
Overall: 6 7/8 x 3 x 1/4 in. ( 17.5 x 7.6 x 0.6 cm )
printed in gold at back of ribbo: "SOMMER BADGE CO."
Purple silk ribbon badge with top pin printed in black on coated paper "NEW YORK EXEMPT" surrounded by curved-edge rectangular brass frame with foliate design; ribbon printed in gold "DECORATION OF/ WASHINGTON'S/ MONUMENT/ FEB. 22, 1910/ NEW YORK CITY"; circular badge at center of ribbon with image of George Washington painted on coated paper printed "UNIFORMED CO. OF/ ORG./ 1648/ EXEMPT FIREMEN" surrounded by twisted brass frame; hanging from brass ring at bottom of ribbon, badge with black and white photographic image of firefighter at center on coated paper with printed text "PETER J. HICKEY/ FOREMAN/ EXEMPT FIRE ENGINE CO." surrounded by twisted brass frame; at back of bottom badge, central image of firefighter holding victim in arms painted on coated paper with printed border "ASSOCIATION OF EXEMPT FIREMEN NEW YORK/ UNIFORMED COMPANY."
Gift of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, 1925
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