Diligent Hose Company Fire Hat

Description
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
1820-1860
maker
unknown
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)
Measurements
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
2005.0233.0032
catalog number
2005.0233.0032
accession number
2005.0233
subject
Beehives
Fire Fighting
Stars
Fraternal Associations
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Cultures & Communities
Work
Artifact Walls exhibit
Clothing & Accessories
Art
Family & Social Life
Exhibition
American Stories
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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