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Object Name Helmet
Alternate Name Fireman's Helmet
Date ca. 1870-1905
Description Black leather fireman's helmet. Rounded ribbed crown; curved brim with embossed design. Leather frontpiece with inscription "V H CO / 1" is attached at top to a gilt metal eagle's head. Brown cotton lining.
(Keywords: Occupational Clothing, Firefighter)
Acquisition Gift of Laura Yetman
Ownership and History This helmet belonged to Hubbard R. Yetman (1847-1924), a volunteer firefighter with the Vigilant Hose Company, Tottenville, Staten Island. Mr. Yetman had a long career of service to his community and his country. He had served in the Civil War from the age of 15, when he enlisted as a drummer boy in the 14th Regiment New York Volunteers. He served at various times as a member of the New York State Assembly, Superintendent of Schools for Staten Island, Supervisor of the Town of Westfield, and Justice of the Peace. Hubbard Yetman and his wife, Sarah Joline Yetman, resided at 5336 Arthur Kill Road in Tottenville. Miss Laura Yetman, one of their children, presented the helmet to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1936.
Earliest Date 1870
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire helmets
Clothing & dress
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Headwear
Associated People Yetman, Hubbard R.
Catalog Number A36.0005
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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