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.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Ceremonial Artifact|
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