Badge w/button: N.Y. Exempt Decor. of Wash. Monu...1912...
Silk, paper, metal, brass
Overall: 6 5/8 x 3 in. ( 16.8 x 7.6 cm )
printed on sticker at back: "THE/ SOMMER/ BADGE MFG CO./ 239 HALSEY ST/ NEWARK,/ N.J."
Badge with top pin-back printed in black on coated paper "NEW YORK EXEMPT" surrounded by metal cartouche with foliate decoration; purple silk ribbon hangs from pin printed in silver "UNIFORMED COMPANY OF/ EXEMPT FIREMEN/ TO SOMERVILLE, N.J./ SEPT. 21, 1911"; pinned on ribbon below text is circular pin-back button with color image of American flag on coated paper inside circular brass frame; shield-shaped badge suspended from bottom of ribbon with central black and white photograph of firefighter printed "PETER J. HICKEY/ FOREMAN/ EXEMPT FIRE ENGINE CO." on coated paper; badge surrounded by rope border. Back of bottom badge fitted with circular button with color image of firefighter holding vicitm in his arms; surrounded by foliate/scroll border.
Gift of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, 1925
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