Fire Badge "Philadelphia Reserve Fire Force 146"

This cross-shaped white metal fire badge belonged to a member of the Philadelphia Reserve Fire Force of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the second half of the 20th century. The Reserve Fire Force was established in the 1950s to assist the paid fire department when called upon to help combat larger conflagrations. The circular center of the badge bears the inscription “RESERVE FIRE FORCE/PHILA.” around the rim with the number “146” in the center, all filled in with black enamel. The size of the badge likely means it was worn on the cap, rather than the chest.
Currently not on view
Object Name
badge, fireman's
date made
20th century
Physical Description
copper plated nickel (overall material)
overall: 2 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 5.715 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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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