Helmet Frontpiece, “Deptford 4”

Description (Brief):

The frontpiece (also known as shield or badge) of firefighting helmets has been a distinctive part of the American firefighter’s uniform since its present shape was developed by Henry Gratacap in the early 19th century. These frontpieces typically served to identify the helmet’s owner; detailing the wearer’s initials or their position in the company, the name and number of the company, the type of firefighting unit, or the name of the town where the company was based. Most protective helmets had frontpieces made of leather, but helmets that were presentation pieces or worn during parades could feature metal frontpieces.

Description (Brief)

This metal frontpiece was made in the 19th century. The frontpiece is made of nickel and reads “DEPTFORD/4” in brass lettering. The Deptford Fire Company No. 4 was founded in 1792 and operated in Baltimore, Maryland during the 19th century.

Date Made: 19th century

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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: 2005.0233.1469Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.1469

Object Name: frontpiece, helmet

Physical Description: nickel (overall material)zinc (overall material)brass (part: letters material)Measurements: overall: 7 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in; 19.685 cm x 15.875 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-441c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1394882

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