A FIREMAN REGARDED his accouterments with affection. Hats, helmets and presentation shields, always beautifully decorated and highly colored, were the crowning glory of the uniforms.
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Stovepipe hat, hand-painted and decorated, was worn for dress parades.
This type of helmet offered good protection from falling debris. The eagle badge-holder was generally of sheet brass, c. 1880
A BIG OCCASION in the life of a fireman was the annual parade, when all volunteers cavorted in gay dress uniforms, red shirts, capes, helmets, and ribboned regalia. The different companies tried to outdo each other with lavish costumes.
Lavishly decorated fireman's helmet with gilded brim and topped by a brass eagle head that attaches to the badge at the front.
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