Helmet Frontpiece, "America Hose 2"

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 tan leather frontpiece has two recessed red banners at the top that reads “AMER[I]CA/HOSE” in tan leather letters. In the center of the frontpiece is a recessed number “2” that is painted black. A recessed cartouche with a red background is at the bottom of the frontpiece, which likely held initials that are now missing.

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: 2005.0233.1874Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.1874

Object Name: frontpiece, helmet

Physical Description: leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 in x 3 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 8.89 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-4c25-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1399437

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