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)
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.
Gift of Robert Dorritie
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