Fire Badge "Eagle Hose Nyack"

Fire Badge "Eagle Hose Nyack"

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This shield–shaped metal fire badge belonged to the Eagle Hose Company No. 2 of Nyack, New York. The badge has an upper and lower banner that reads “EAGLE HOSE/NYACK.” Two crossed trumpets are behind the upper banner, below the lower banner is a plaque inscribed with the number “2” with a ladder and hook arrayed behind it. The center of the badge is decorated with an image of hose carriage flanked by the initials “F” and “D.” The Eagle Hose Company No. 2 ran with the Mazeppa Company engine to fires during the second half of the 19th century.
Metal firefighter’s badges were a part of the firefighter’s uniform since volunteer companies began to proliferate in the early 19th century. As volunteer companies gave way to municipal fire departments during the mid–19th century, these badges became mandated by uniform codes. Badges served as official identification at fire scenes, as access to derelict buildings by unscrupulous citizens could result in looting. Fire badges came in a variety of shapes, most notably circular, shield–shaped, or the Maltese cross. While shield–shaped badges were often worn on the chest, circular and cross-shaped badges can be seen on jacket lapels or soft caps. Badges usually detailed the company’s name, number and department, and were often decorated with various symbols of the profession such as hose carriages, hand–pumped engines, hoses, trumpets, helmets, hooks, and ladders. For paid municipal companies, many badges also featured the badge number of the wearer.
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Object Name
badge, fireman's
date made
early 20th century
place made
United States
associated place
United States: New York
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 5/8 in x 2 1/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 5.715 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
Firefighting Collection
Fire Badges
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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