Fire Badge "Inspector Fire Insurance"

Fire Badge "Inspector Fire Insurance"

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Description
This shield-shaped metal fire badge belonged to an inspector of a Pennsylvania-based fire insurance company. The inspector was responsible for examining buildings and making sure they met the insurance company’s standards, as well as inspecting the post-fire damage.
The rim of the badge is inscribed “FIRE/INSURANCE INSPECTOR,” filled in with black enamel. The center of the circular badge bears the Pennsylvania state coat-of-arms, with a shield depicting a ship under sail above, a plow in the middle, and three sheaves of grain below. The shield is crested at the top by an eagle and supported by two horses. A banner below bears the state motto “LIBERTY/INDEPENDENCE/VIRTUE.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
badge, fireman's
date made
20th century
maker
unknown
place made
United States
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 6.985 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.1384
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.1384
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Cultural and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Work
Firefighting Collection
Fire Badges
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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