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Object Name Trophy
Date 1944
Description Metal urn-shaped loving cup with two handles, on a circular black plastic base. Cup is engraved: "21ST BATTALION N.Y.F.D. / F.D.A.C. TEAM / BEST PERFORMANCE / FIRE FIGHTING / WON BY / ENG. 153 - H & L 77 1944"; metal plate on base is engraved: "CAPT. G. HEINEMAN / LT. R. GUNTHER / LT. W. TURNER / O. ANDICH / J. FAIR / F. WOLFF / J. HOLDER / M. CIARDIELLO / C. CAFARO / H. GELGISSER"; underneath base is mark of Dieges & Clust, Trophies, est. 1898, located at 17 John Street, N.Y. The overall height of the trophy is 14.5 inches.
(Keywords: Firefighter, Commemorative, FDNY, New York City Fire Department)
Acquisition Gift of Mr. W. Turner
Ownership and History The 21st Battalion of the Fire Department of New York continues to serve the northeast section of Staten Island. This award for fire fighting was won by Engine Company 153 and Hook & Ladder Company 77 at a competition held in 1944. The companies' fire station is on Broad Street in Stapleton.

The New York firm of Dieges & Clust was well known for the design and manufacture of the Heisman Trophy, Olympic medals, and other notable awards. The worn and scratched appearance of this World-War-II-era trophy seems to result from the lesser quality of its materials--possibly due to simple budgetary issues, or perhaps evidence that manufacturing materials had been diverted to the war effort.

The trophy was presented to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1969 by W. Turner, whose name is among those inscribed on the base.
Earliest Date 1944
Latest Date 1944
Maker Dieges & Clust
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Symbol
Catalog Number X96.0032
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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