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Object Name Uniform
Alternate Name Fireman's Cap
Date ca. 1870-1905
Description Fireman's uniform cap. Navy blue wool. Short cylindrical crown with flat top and black leather bill. Leather strap above bill is held by 2 silver buttons with inscription "F.D." Black satin lining with printed inscription "TRADE MARK / MELVILLE / Broadway / New York / ..."
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Occupational Clothing, Firefighter, Hat)
Acquisition Gift of Laura Yetman
Ownership and History This fireman's cap 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 cap to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1936.
Earliest Date 1870
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Clothing & dress
Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Yetman, Hubbard R.
Catalog Number A36.0004
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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