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Object Name Helmet, Fireman's
Alternate Name Fireman's Helmet
Date ca. 1925-1960
Description Black leather fireman's helmet with frontpiece marked: "152 / 2370," representing FDNY Engine Company No. 152, Rosebank . Maker's label inside crown: "CAIRNS & BROTHER / NEW YORK / MFRS OF / FIREMENS / EQUIPMENT / & SUPPLIES." Handwritten marking inside crown is unclear, possibly "CALLEY" or "GALLEY."
(Keywords: Firefighter, Occupational Clothing, FDNY, New York City Fire Department)
Ownership and History This leather helmet belonged to a professional firefighter with FDNY's Engine 152 in Rosebank, Staten Island, with badge number 2370.

The New York firm of Cairns & Brother has a long history of manufacturing helmets. The founder of the company, H.T. Gratacap, was a volunteer firefighter in New York City who began as a producer of leather luggage. In 1836 he invented the first American fire helmet, named the New Yorker. Cairns was purchased by Mine Safety Appliance Co. (MSA) in 2000, and the firm continues to produce helmets under the Cairns brand as of 2011.
Earliest Date 1925
Latest Date 1960
Maker Cairns & Bro.
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Fire helmets
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Headwear
Catalog Number X87.0026
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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