Helmet Frontpiece, “Shiffler S. Fire Co. 7”

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 metal frontpiece has two metal banners that read “SHIFFLER/S. FIRE Co” arching around a metal number “7” in the center of the piece. The Schiffler Steam Fire Company operated in the late 19th century in Camden, New Jersey.

Date Made: unknown

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

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Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0233.1487Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.1487

Object Name: frontpiece, helmet

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 1/4 in x 5 in; 23.495 cm x 12.7 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-2cfb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1395007

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