Citizen Fire Company Parade Hat

Description
In the early 1800s, classical images associated with Greece and Rome became popular in America. In art and architecture, Americans sought to link their young nation to these republics of antiquity. The Roman goddess Libertas, representing personal sovereignty, was changed into Lady Liberty and adopted as an American symbol. The Citizen Fire Company chose Liberty as their emblem at its founding in 1836. Depicted on this parade hat, the female figure holds an American shield in one hand representing strength and protection. The red liberty cap atop a pole in Liberty's other hand was an internationally known symbol of the American Revolution that was also adopted from the Roman Empire.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
hat, fire
Date made
c.1840-1860
associated
Citizen Fire Company #3
maker
unknown
Physical Description
painted (overall production method/technique)
pressed felt (overall material)
yellow (overall color)
red (brim; banner color)
gold (trim color)
black (; letter highlighting color)
green (banner color)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/2 in x 10 in x 15 in; 21.59 cm x 25.4 cm x 38.1 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
2005.0233.0027
catalog number
2005.0233.0027
accession number
2005.0233
subject
Liberty
Fire Fighting
Fraternal Associations
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Cultures & Communities
Work
Artifact Walls exhibit
Clothing & Accessories
Art
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
Related Publication
Harden, J. David. Liberty Caps and Liberty Trees
Korshak, Yvonne. The Liberty Cap as a Revolutionary Symbol in America and France
listed
McCosker, M.J.. The Historical Collection of the Insurance Company of North America
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.