Fire Hat, "Lowell"


Before the advent of the Gratacap hat in the 1830’s, with its familiar rearward projecting brim, fire companies often sported wide-brim leather hats that resembled top hats. This hat says little about company affiliation. Printed in gold letters on the front brim is “Lowell” referring possibly to Lowell, Massachusetts. Early fire hats lacked reinforced wire brims or combs and offered little protection against falling projectiles, and this hat was probably valued more for its water resistance.

Date Made: late 18th to early 19th

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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


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Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0233.0208Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.0208

Object Name: helmet, fire

Physical Description: leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 in x 13 1/2 in x 5 in; 35.56 cm x 34.29 cm x 12.7 cm


Record Id: nmah_1334830

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