Fire helmet

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Leather, metal, plastic, textile
Overall: 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 15 in. ( 19 x 29.2 x 38.1 cm )
enameled: on side of frontpiece holder: "FD" printed: on adhesive label inside top of helmet: "CAIRNS & BROTHER CLIFTON NEW JERSEY" and "MFGS OF FIREMENS EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES" printed: adhesive label inside helmet with warning about helmet's compliance
Eight comb black leather fire helmet with tooled leaf and scroll border on brim; brass frontpiece holder with red enameled emblem on either side; textile half-lining and plastic visor; American flag sticker affixed near rear of helmet. (With frontpiece 2001.279)
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This helmet was worn by Lieutenant Robert Dorritie of Engine Company 53 (1836 Third Avenue, Manhattan) and saved his life on numerous occasions. It is one of the last custom-made painted leather helmets made for the FDNY by Cairns & Brother of Clifton, New Jersey. It was constructed in the traditional manner on a mold to conform exactly the the fireman's head. Around 1985, traditional helmets such as this one were replaced by plastic helmets in standard sizes.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Robert Dorritie
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Creative: Tronvig Group