Fire helmet: N.Y. Exempt Assn.

Object Number: 
INV.8892
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Leather, paint, brass, gilding, other metal, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 11 3/4 x 15 in. ( 22.9 x 29.8 x 38.1 cm )
Marks: 
incised: on underside of brim: "E" stamped: on underside of brim: "[WILSON] / MAKER / . . . BOWERY / N.Y." painted: on frontpiece: "NY / EXEMPT / ASSOCIATION" engraved: on plaque affixed to back of brim: "Presented to / James Long / by the Members of /
Description: 
Thirty-two comb black painted presentation fire helmet with engraved oval plaque surrounded by ornate linear relief on back of brim; black leather frontpiece with firefighting tools painted at center and painted inscription, "NY / EXEMPT / ASSOCIATION"; gilded brass eagle frontpiece holder; textile half-lining.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Fund Association of the 23rd & 24th Wards, 1933
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group