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Object Name: Presentation shield
Date: 1870-1900
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Medium: Leather, paint; wood, glass, paint, gilding
Dimensions: Overall (shield): 27 x 17 x 5 in. (68.6 x 43.2 x 12.7 cm) Framed: 34 1/2 × 28 3/4 × 7 3/4 in. (87.6 × 73 × 19.7 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: White painted leather firefighters' presentation shield with red, white, and blue inscriptions; presented by Relief Hose No. 51 of the New York Volunteer Fire Department to Hopkins Hose No. 3 of Morrisania; painted bull's head at top, fire engines flanking "51" at upper center, and U.S. flags flanking "3" at bottom; mounted on red painted ground inside carved, rectangular wooden frame with gilded molding with Greek key design.
Object Number: INV.9739
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Marks: applied/white ptd. leather: top of obverse: "RELIEF OF GUARD / RELIEF / HOSE / . . ." recessed/blue ptd. leather: top of obverse: "51 / . . ." painted in red: center of obverse: "OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK / . . ." applied/red ptd. leather: center of obverse: "VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT / . . ." painted in blue: center of obverse: "To / . . ." applied/white ptd. leather: center of obverse: "HOPKINS / HOSE / . . ." recessed/blue ptd. leather: bottom of obverse: "3 / . . ." applied/blue ptd. leather: bottom of obverse: "OF MORRISANIA NY" printed paper label: affixed inside frame, at lower left: "ANDERSON & JONES / Manufacturer of / FIRE HATS. / Fatigue Caps. / BELTS, SHIRTS, . . . / 199 GRAND ST., / Bet. Bowery & Centre / NEW YORK / All kinds of goods for Base Ball Clubs."