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Object Name Helmet, Fireman's
Alternate Name Fireman's Helmet
Date 1887-1902
Description Black leather fireman's helmet, rounded ribbed crown (with eight combs); curved brim; red frontpiece with white hook and ladder, inscribed, "MEDORA / 3 / CGD." Metal frontpiece holder is in the shape of an eagle's head. Helmet is labeled inside crown: "CAIRNS & BRO / 143 GRAND ST. N.Y. / [???] / VENTILATED HAT"; also makers plate under brim: "CAIRNS & BROTHER / 143 GRAND ST. NEW YORK." Handwritten markings on cloth lining are unclear, possibly "W H W."
(Keywords: North Shore Fire Department, NSFD, Firefighter, Occupational Clothing)
Acquisition Gift of Ida Dudley Dale
Ownership and History This helmet belonged to Charles G. Dale, Jr., who joined Medora Hook & Ladder Company in West New Brighton in 1887, and served as their foreman and treasurer. [His membership certificate is also preserved in the Staten Island Historical Society's collection - catalog number X93.2517.]

Mr. Dale was born in 1857 and died in 1902. He lived on Manor Road in Staten Island and had a career in banking, working as a teller, a handwriting expert, and a counterfeit detector, and later as vice-president and president of New York County National Bank.

Charles G. Dale, Jr. was the son of Cordelia L. (Katen) and Charles Gideon Dale. He married Ida Catherine Griffin in 1882 and they had two children, Helen F. and Ida Dudley Dale.

An article published in the New York Times on October 14, 1902 indicates that Mr. Dale died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 45. The article states, "At the bank it was said that Mr. Dale's accounts were in perfect shape, and the cause of his suicide are said to have been insominia [sic], due to overwork and worry."
Earliest Date 1887
Latest Date 1902
Maker Cairns & Bro.
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire helmets
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Headwear
Associated People Dale, Charles G., Jr.
Dale, Ida Dudley
Catalog Number A36.0007
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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