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Fire helmet: NY Exempt Association, JR

Object Number: 
INV.8857
Date: 
1854-1860
Medium: 
Leather, paint, metal, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 x 14 3/4 in. ( 21.6 x 27.6 x 37.5 cm )
Marks: 
incised: on underside of brim: "CW" or "WC" handwritten (twice): on lining: "J. Rice" printed paper label (fragment): affixed inside top of crown: ". . . / . . . Broadway, New York" stamped: on back of brim: "ANDERSON & JONES / N.Y." painted: undersid
Description: 
Four comb black painted leather fire helmet with tooled scroll border on edge of brim and intricate scroll frame surrounding maker's mark on back of brim; black painted leather frontpiece with firefighting tools painted at center and "NY EXEMPT ASSOCIATION" and "JR" in gold painted leather lettering; gold painted leather 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