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Object Name Button
Date ca. 1905
Description Stamped metal button for fireman's uniform. Circular brass-colored shank button decorated with a raised design of five crossed speaking trumpets. Reverse has two small loops for attaching. Button measures 1.625 inches in diameter.
(Keywords: Firefighter, Occupational Clothing, NSFD, New York)
Acquisition Gift of William Fink
Ownership and History This button belonged to volunteer firefighter William Fink, who was elected Chief Engineer of Staten Island's North Shore Fire Department in 1905. A photo portrait of Mr. Fink, also in the Staten Island Historical Society's collection, appears to show him wearing this button on his uniform. [See additional items relating to William Fink.]

William Fink was born April 19, 1872 in West New Brighton, Staten Island. He managed a hotel on Castleton Avenue and also served as an Alderman and as Chief of Staten Island's Bureau of Inspection. Prior to his election as Chief Engineer of the North Shore Fire Department, Mr. Fink served with Wyandotte Hook & Ladder Co. No. 5, Medora Hook & Ladder Co. No. 3, and Castleton Fire Patrol Co. No. 1.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Fire fighters
Clothing & dress
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Accessory
Associated People Fink, William
Catalog Number X98.1234
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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