Fire Helmet, "Excelsior"

Fire Helmet, "Excelsior"

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This early leather work hat with its low, dome-shaped crown, narrow brim, and lack of a company shield and shield holder, is vaguely reminiscent of eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century “stovepipe-style” fire hats. Yet it also includes more modern features like combs and a curved, extended rear brim. Indicative of its hybrid, early-to-modern construction, this hat could date to as early as 1812 or as late as 1860. A large label printed inside the crown indicates that the hat belonged to the “Excelsior” Company, possibly of New York.
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Object Name
helmet, fire
date made
ca 1860
place made
United States
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
black (overall color)
overall: 5 1/2 in x 13 in x 13 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 33.02 cm x 34.29 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Cultural and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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