Fire helmet: eagle crest

Object Number: 
INV.8879
Date: 
ca. 1886
Medium: 
Leather, paint, brass, gilding, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 3/4 x 11 3/8 x 14 3/4 in. ( 22.2 x 28.9 x 37.5 cm )
Marks: 
typewritten: on exhibition label found with object: "HAT OF THE VETERAN FIREMEN'S ASSOCIATION / OF NEW YORK / (Organized 1885) / WHICH BELONGED TO THE DONOR'S FATHER, / CHARLES A. CHILDS / Presented by Miss Maud Ewen Childs, 1933"
Description: 
Eight comb black painted leather fire helmet with tooled linear decoration on crown and floral vine border on brim; gilded brass eagle frontpiece holder (frontpiece missing); textile half-lining.
Gallery Label: 
This helmet belonged to the donor's father, Charles A. Childs, a member of the Veteran Fireman's Association of New York (organized 1885). Newspaper used to pad the lining of the helmet bears the date of 1886.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Maud Ewen Childs, 1933
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group