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Fairmount Fire Company Helmet, c. 1860
Leather, 8 7/8 × 10 3/4 × 14 inches
References: Garvan and Wojtowicz 1977, 133, illus.
RS 6323


The New York–style leather helmet was introduced to Philadelphia in the late 1840s. This helmet consists of four combs that divide its crown into quadrants containing ridges. A brass figure of a fireman blowing a horn holds a white leather shield that identifies the owner as a member of the Fairmount Fire Company, located on Ridge Avenue above Wood Street in the Spring Garden area of Philadelphia. The date “1832” printed on the back of the brim signifies the year the company was founded. Many of its members were butchers.

  


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