Fire Helmet, "Excelsior"

Fire Helmet, "Excelsior"

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
helmet, fire
date made
ca 1860
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
black (overall color)
Measurements
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
2005.0233.0175
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0175
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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