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Brass Fireman's Helmet

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A brass fireman's helmet similar to the standard Merryweather pattern helmet but without the dragon comb and badge of torchere, crossed axes and hoses. Above the peak is a band embossed with the brigade's initials HFB. Retaining the leather insert and leather-backed chin-straps. First quarter 20th century.

11.5 in high.

The Merryweather pattern helmet was used by British fire brigades from the Victorian era until into the 20th century. The helmets were modelled on those of the Sapeurs-pompiers which Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw had seen on a visit to Paris and introduced to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, London, in 1868, replacing a black leather helmet. The design was widely copied by other British and British Empire fire services.

Item Code: 2913

£ 680

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