Diligent Hose Company Fire Hat

The Diligent Hose Company chose a beehive as their primary icon. It has been a symbol of industry, hard work, and cooperation used by many different organizations. The beehive, along with their name of Diligent, implies that the members persistently worked together to serve the community in their role as firemen. Although the beehive and five-pointed star are also Masonic symbols, that does not necessarily link company members to the society. Many Masonic emblems were well known and used by other organizations around the time of the Revolution. A fire company and a Masonic lodge were similar in their male-only, predominantly artisan membership.
Object Name
hat, fire
Date made
Physical Description
maroon (overall color)
green (underbrim color)
gold (decoration; trim color)
red (lettering color)
painted (overall production method/technique)
pressed felt (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 11 3/4 in x 13 1/8 in; 15.24 cm x 29.845 cm x 33.3375 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Fire Fighting
Cultures & Communities
Fraternal Associations
Clothing & Accessories
Family & Social Life
Artifact Walls exhibit
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Artifact Walls exhibit
American Stories
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
McCosker, M.J.. The Historical Collection of the Insurance Company of North America
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