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Object Name Badge
Date 1905
Description Metal fireman's badge from North Shore Fire Department. Brass-colored badge in a shield shape topped by a spread-wing eagle holding a ribbon with the inscription "N. S. F. D." Shield has a raised design of 5 crossed speaking trumpets with inscription above and below: "CHIEF / ENGINEER / STATEN ISLAND / N.Y." Reverse of badge is stamped "BRAXMAR / N.Y." Badge measures 3.0 x 2.125 inches.
(Keywords: Firefighter, NSFD, New York)
Acquisition Gift of William Fink
Ownership and History This badge belonged to volunteer firefighter William Fink, who was elected Chief Engineer of Staten Island's North Shore Fire Department in 1905. A photo portrait of Mr. Fink, also in the Staten Island Historical Society's collection, appears to show him wearing this badge on his uniform. [See additional items relating to William Fink.]

William Fink was born April 19, 1872 in West New Brighton, Staten Island. He managed a hotel on Castleton Avenue and also served as an Alderman and as Chief of Staten Island's Bureau of Inspection. Prior to his election as Chief Engineer of the North Shore Fire Department, Mr. Fink served with Wyandotte Hook & Ladder Co. No. 5, Medora Hook & Ladder Co. No. 3, and Castleton Fire Patrol Co. No. 1.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1905
Maker C.G. Braxmar Co.
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Symbol
Associated People Fink, William
Catalog Number X98.1231
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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