Helmet Frontpiece, "J.T. Hallahan 5 Kingston"

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 white leather frontpiece has red banners with raised white leather letters that reads “JT HALLAHAN/KINGSTON/JO.”A large recessed black number “5” is in the center of the piece.

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

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: 2005.0233.1467Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.1467

Object Name: frontpiece, helmet

Physical Description: leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 22.225 cm x 8.255 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-436f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1394880

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