Fire Badge "Fire Insurance Inspector"

This shield-shaped metal fire badge belonged to an inspector of a Pennsylvania-based fire insurance company. The inspector would be responsible for examining buildings and making sure they met the insurance company’s standards, as well as inspecting the damage post-fire. 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 ship under sail above, a plow in the middle, and three sheaves of grain below, 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
date made
20th century
place made
United States
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 2 in x 1 3/4 in; 5.08 cm x 4.445 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History