Helmet Frontpiece, "Northern Liberty 8"

Description (Brief):

The frontpiece (also known as shield or badge) of firefighting helmets has been a distinctive part of the American firefighter’s helmet since it was developed by Henry Gratacap in the early 19th century. These frontpieces displayed a variety of information. The fire company's name and number appeared, often alongside the city or town where it was based. The frontpiece could also include the owner's initials and rank. Most fire helmets had leather frontpieces, but frontpieces could also be made of metal, especially on presentation helmets or those worn in parades.

Description (Brief)

This leather frontpiece was made by Joseph Cogan of Boston, Massachusetts between 1865 and 1871. The white frontpiece has white leather letters on red banners that read “NORTHERN/LIBERTY.” A large white number “8” is on a red background, encircled by a black hose with two nozzles.

Date Made: before 1871

Maker: Cogan, Joseph

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement, Clothing & Accessories, Firefighting Collection, Work, Helmet Frontpieces


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0233.1439Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.1439

Object Name: frontpiece, helmet

Physical Description: leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 3/4 in x 6 in; 19.685 cm x 15.24 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-387d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1394480

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