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Object Name Belt, Parade
Date ca. 1880-1910
Description Fireman's belt, white leather with red trim, inscribed at center with the word "FOREMAN" in white letters on a red background. Belt loop is inscribed with number "9" in white over a red shield shape.
(Keywords: Firefighter, Occupational Clothing, New York)
Acquisition Gift of the Estate of Charles Beinert
Ownership and History This belt belonged to Charles Beinert, a Stapleton resident born in 1857. Mr. Beinert had a building business; he later owned an ice and cold storage company, and also served as a bank director. He was a volunteer firefighter with Rescue Engine Company No. 9.

Belts like these are often referred to as parade belts. They were part of a firefighter's formal attire, worn for social events like parades, balls, visits to other fire companies, and other public and social activities.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Accessory
Associated People Beinert, Charles
Catalog Number A36.0048
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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