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Object Name Plaque
Date 1886
Description Firefighting company presentation shield of painted leather with firefighting motifs, enclosed in a display case of glass and wood. Inscribed, "PRESENTED / BY / FRIENDSHIP / 4 / TO / 1 ALERT 1 / NOV 25TH 1886."
(Keywords: Firefighter, Commemorative, New York)
Ownership and History The volunteer fire companies named on this shield were the Alert Hose Company No. 1 and the Friendship Hook & Ladder Company No. 4, both located in New Brighton, Staten Island.

Neighboring volunteer companies, although sometimes engaging in rivalry, often socialized together. A shield like this might be presented as a goodwill gesture, to thank another company for hosting a parade or social gathering, or in appreciation for special assistance.
Earliest Date 1886
Latest Date 1886
Subjects Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Ceremonial Artifact
Catalog Number A36.0161
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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