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Object Name: Fire helmet
Date: ca. 1862
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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 )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
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
Object Number: INV.8892
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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 / Hudson Hose Co. No. 21 / 1862" stamped: on plaque affixed to back of brim: "WILSON MAKER"