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Object Name Badge
Date ca. 1865-1885
Description Metal badge from Tompkinsville Fire Police. Silver-colored metal badge in a shield shape, with a raised design of crossed nightsticks, inscribed, "FIRE POLICE / OF TOMPKINSVILLE / 85." Reverse has a pin attachment and a stamped mark: "N.Y. STENCIL WORKS / NASSAU ST. N.Y."
(Keywords: Firefighter, Watchman, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Lillian Meurer
Ownership and History The Tompkinsville Fire Police was charged with protecting property from fires and ensuing damage. This badge reportedly belonged to George Meurer. A photograph, also in the Staten Island Historical Society's collection, shows him and two other men wearing badges like this one, as well as police whistles and nightsticks [see catalog number 50.012.0001].

Records of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Staten Island document a George Meurer and his wife Caroline (Koetter) Meurer as parents of daughters Alma and Anna, born in 1872 and 1874. George Meurer's place of birth was listed as Spangenberg. Further research suggests the couple had a total of 9 children; this badge was given to the Staten Island Historical Society by their granddaughter, Lillian Meurer.
Earliest Date 1865
Latest Date 1885
Maker N.Y. Stencil Works
Subjects Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Law enforcement
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Symbol
Catalog Number X98.1267
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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