Washington Fire Company Parade Hat

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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.
Date made
1810-1860
referenced
Washington Fire Company
depicted
Washington, George
maker
unknown
Place Made
United States
associated
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
located
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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
ID Number
2005.0233.0095
catalog number
2005.0233.0095
accession number
2005.0233
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
subject
Fire Fighting
Fraternal Associations
Flags
Hydrants
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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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