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Object Name: Fire helmet: Chief
Date: ca. 1873
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Medium: Leather, paint, brass, textile
Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/4 x 11 x 14 in. ( 23.5 x 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Light olive green painted leather presentation fire helmet with ninety-six(?) combs; embossed floral decoration on back of brim with inscribed plaque at center; gold, red, and black painted leather frontpiece with image of fire engine above cartouche with initials "J. R."; brass frontpiece holder in the shape of a fireman; red textile half-lining with chainstitch embroidery.
Credit Line: Gift of the Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Fund Association of the 23rd & 24th Wards, 1933
Object Number: INV.8854
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Marks: engraved: on metal plaque affixed to back of brim: "PRESENTED TO / John Royal / Chief of the Fire Dept. / MORRISANIA / By Lady Washington / Engine Co. / No. 1 / Dec. 24th 1873." printed paper label: affixed inside crown: "ANDERSON & JONES. / Manufacturers of / FIRE HATS, / Fatigue Caps, / BELTS, SHIRTS, &c., / 199 Grand Street, / Bet. Bowery & Centre, / NEW YORK. / All Kinds of Goods for Base Ball Clubs." painted: underside of brim: "2334"