Fire Badge, "Hartford Vet. Vol. Firemen's Association"

Description
This shield-shaped metal fire badge belonged to a member of the Hartford Veteran Volunteer Firemen’s Association of Hartford, Connecticut between 1890 and 1920. The badge is topped by a spread-winged eagle with a banner in its beak that reads “Org. Nov. 25, 1889.” The center of the badge features an image of Connecticut’s state seal, three grapevines over a banner with the Latin motto Qui Transtulit Sustinet (He who transplanted sustains). An upper banner is inscribed “HARTFORD VET. VOL.,” the lower banner is inscribed “FIRE MENS ASSOCIATION” and a plaque below is inscribed “CONN.”
The Hartford Veteran Volunteer Firemen’s Association was founded on November 25, 1889. Originally only for members of the old volunteer hand-engine companies, by 1893, the association let anyone with over five years of service join. The association had a building located at 27 Arch Street where they stored their hand engines that were used in parades and where they met for business and revelry.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1890-1920
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 6.0325 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.1877
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.1877
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Work
Fire Badges
Firefighting Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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