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Object Name: Fireman's belt: liberty hose
Date: 1850-1900
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Medium: Leather, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 39 3/8 x 2 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 100 x 7.3 x 3.5 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Brown leather fireman's duty belt; red recess in the center with applied painted leather letters reading "L[I]BER[T]Y HOSE"; red leather binding machine-sewn around outer edges; leather strap underneath one end of the belt which buckles onto metal buckle on opposite end, which is secured to the belt with two metal studs; the belt at the strap end slips into belt sleeve at the buckle end; the belt sleeve has a red shield shaped recess with the number "1" at the center.
Credit Line: Gift of the Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Fund Association of the 23rd & 24th Wards, 1933
Object Number: INV.9131
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Marks: applied: center obverse: "L[I]BER[T]Y HOSE" handwritten: center reverse: "MY DUTY BELT. / R. A. BOOKMAN. (EXEMPT.)" painted: reverse: "2334"

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This duty belt belonged to R. A. Bookman, exempt from military service as a volunteer firefighter.