Fire Helmet, "Isaiah Case Hook & Ladder Company No. 6"

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Description
This leather fire helmet was made by Cairns & Brother of New York, New York during the late 19th to early 20th century. This helmet resembles a pith helmet, deviating from the style of the standard fire helmets with elongated rear brim, frontpiece, and metal frontpiece holder. The helmet is painted white with a braided rope across the visor attached to buttons on both sides of the helmet that bear the initials “FD.” The helmet’s elaborate metal frontpiece bears the Roman numerals “VI,” two hexagonal fire hydrants with hoses, an axe, pole lantern, hook, and ladder. According to labels and marks inside the hat, the hat belonged to “Isaiah Case Hook & Ladder Company No. 6,” which was founded in Newark, New Jersey, in 1865.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1898-1911
producer
Cairns & Brother
maker
Cairns & Brother
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
metal (part: shield material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 10 1/2 in; 19.685 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.0162
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0162
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art collection
subject
Fire Fighting
Theater
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Work
Clothing & Accessories
Fire Helmets
Firefighting Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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