Washington Fire Company Parade Hat

Description
Fire companies could not choose a better figure to represent their patriotism and self-sacrifice than George Washington. He was the most well-known celebrity of the time and was associated with all the positive qualities of the young country. Since so many companies chose to honor Washington in their imagery, it is difficult to know which company produced this Washington Fire Company parade hat. It is one of the more elaborate hats with Washington's image, including flags and banners flanking the portrait. A drum and a cannon are also included at the base of the American flags. These somewhat hidden images may allude to Washington's military career or the war service of members in the fire company.
Object Name
hat, fire
Date made
1810-1860
referenced
Washington Fire Company
depicted
Washington, George
maker
unknown
Physical Description
painted (overall production method/technique)
paint (overall material)
pressed felt (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 1/8 in x 11 3/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 33.3375 cm x 29.845 cm x 16.51 cm
Place Made
United States
associated
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
located
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
2005.0233.0095
catalog number
2005.0233.0095
accession number
2005.0233
subject
Fire Fighting
Art
Cultures & Communities
Clothing & Accessories
Fraternal Associations
Work
Flags
Hydrants
Family & Social Life
Artifact Walls exhibit
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Artifact Walls exhibit
Exhibition
American Stories
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
listed
McCosker, M.J.. The Historical Collection of the Insurance Company of North America
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