Bullard Hard Boiled Miner’s Helmet

Description (Brief)
This Hard Boiled brand miner’s helmet was made by the E.D. Bullard Company of San Francisco, California after 1919. A leather and metal lamp bracket is mounted onto the front of the helmet that likely would have held an electric lamp. The rear of the helmet has a metal cord holder. Bullard was one of the first producers of protective hard hats, basing their original design off of the “doughboy” helmets worn by World War I soldiers. The helmet was made of canvas, glue, and black paint, and given the trademarked name “Hard Boiled” because of the steam used in the manufacturing process.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
helmet, mining
Measurements
overall: 5 5/8 in x 10 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 14.224 cm x 26.67 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-8782C
catalog number
MHI-MN-8782C
accession number
265669
subject
Work
Natural Resources
Industry & Manufacturing
Mining Helmets
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Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Helmets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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