Bullard Hard Boiled Miner’s Helmet

Description (Brief):

This Hard Boiled brand miner’s helmet was made by the E.D. Bullard Company of San Francisco, California after 1919. A leather and metal lamp bracket is mounted onto the front of the helmet that likely would have held an electric lamp. The rear of the helmet has a metal cord holder. Bullard was one of the first producers of protective hard hats, basing their original design off of the “doughboy” helmets worn by World War I soldiers. The helmet was made of canvas, glue, and black paint, and given the trademarked name “Hard Boiled” because of the steam used in the manufacturing process.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Board of Trustees of Lafayette College

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MN-8782CCatalog Number: MHI-MN-8782CAccession Number: 265669

Object Name: helmet, mining

Measurements: overall: 5 5/8 in x 10 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 14.224 cm x 26.67 cm x 16.51 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-e9b4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_872441

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