Fire Helmet, "G. L. B."


Before they became established as decorative assets of parades and celebrations, early, "stovepipe-style" fire hats were used in actual firefighting. They served to protect firefighters' heads from falling debris and, by the later years of the eighteenth century, at least, to identify firefighters by company and name. This simple tin, "stovepipe-style" fire hat from the 1830s may have been displayed in parades but was primarily used as a work hat in actual fires. Since this particular hat does not include company information, it was likely worn to protect rather than identify the firefighter. This plain hat comes with a sweatband and is painted red with a black brim, bearing the initials "G.L.B."

Date Made: 1835

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Fire Fighting


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0233.0159Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.0159

Object Name: helmet, fire

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 in x 18 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 46.99 cm


Record Id: nmah_1332307

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