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Object Name Button, Fraternal
Date 1915-1930
Description Fireman's lapel button, probably from Edgewater Fire Department, Staten Island. Brass-colored metal button in the shape of a Maltese cross, marked with the letters "E / A / F / D" and the number "509." Raised design at center has two figures flanking a shield with an eagle above (representing the seal of the City of New York). Stamped mark on reverse: "S.K. & F / 42 BARCLAY ST. N.Y." Button measures .875 inches high x .875 inches wide.
(Keyword: Firefighter)
Acquisition Gift of Lila Thompson Barbes
Ownership and History This button belonged to volunteer firefighter James Thompson of Staten Island. It was given to the Staten Island Historical Society by Mr. Thompson's daughter, Lila Thompson Barbes. Mr. Thompson earned a living working for the City of New York with the Topographical Division and the Bureau of Engineering.

The Edgewater Fire Department was formed in the 1870s. Its various companies protected communities near the east shore of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1915
Latest Date 1930
Maker S.K. & F.
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Symbol
Associated People Thompson, James
Catalog Number 81.041.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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