Fire Badge "Inspector Fire Insurance"

This shield-shaped metal fire badge belonged to an inspector of a Pennsylvania-based fire insurance company. The inspector was responsible for examining buildings and making sure they met the insurance company’s standards, as well as inspecting the post-fire damage.
The rim of the badge is inscribed “FIRE/INSURANCE INSPECTOR,” filled in with black enamel. The center of the circular badge bears the Pennsylvania state coat-of-arms, with a shield depicting a ship under sail above, a plow in the middle, and three sheaves of grain below. The shield is crested at the top by an eagle and supported by two horses. A banner below bears the state motto “LIBERTY/INDEPENDENCE/VIRTUE.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
badge, fireman's
date made
20th century
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 6.985 cm x 4.445 cm
place made
United States
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Firefighting Collection
Fire Badges
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Fire Badges
Firefighting Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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