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This site is dedicated to the fire memorabilia collector who enjoys collecting early and rare fire memorabilia.


We will describe the condition of all items to the best of our ability.  Some of the pieces  may have been professionally conserved or restored. These  procedures are necessary to keep some of these historical collectibles  from deteriorating and to preserve them for future generations.


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HIGH EAGLE LEATHER FIRE HELMET

This light to medium weight leather helmet was made by Oakhall of Boston around the 1870’s. Helmet is very sturdy and would rate an overall very good to excellent condition. Helmet has no liner and has remnants of a large paper maker’s label on the inside of the crown. The inside crown has also been lined with a paper product of some kind which is common to helmets made by Oakhall. Top of crown on this helmet has been painted red which was used to identify truck companies in the Boston area. As you can see in the photo, there is a helmet ring on the top of the helmet which is used for hanging the helmet upright. The beautiful brass eagle finial is in excellent condition and has the maker’s stamp Oakhall, Boston on the base. Leather front shield has cut outs which read: HOOK & LADDER 1 WATERTOWN. The large number 1 on the front shield with the crossed hook and ladders has been inset into the front shield. Watertown is located approximately 5 miles to the north and west of Boston. This is a great and early helmet and would be a fine addition to even the most advanced collections.

Price $695.00

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HIGH EAGLE ALUMINUM FIRE HELMET

This fine aluminum fire helmet was made by Oakhall of Boston in the 1890’s. This is a period in American history where aluminum helmets were the most expensive and prestigious helments fire companies could buy. Helmet would rate overall excellent condition with only age staining and minor chips and wear to the paint. The minor paint wear only adds to the character of the piece. Aluminum helmets by Oakhall are very rare and hard to find. This beauty has and 84 comb crown design for style and strength. On the backside of the left large comb of the helmet it is embossed:

PAT JULY 16 89

There is also a ring on this helmet which would allow the helmet to hang on a hook in an upright position.

Price $565.00

HIGH EAGLE LEATHER FIRE HELMET


This lightweight leather fire helmet was made by Cairns of New York in the 1880’s. Helmet is very sturdy and sound and would rate overall excellent condition. Helmet was used in parades and shows little wear. There is no metal showing in the helmet brim or any other issues that would distract from it’s overall appearance. Red felt liner was often used in parade helmets and is in very good condition with only minor age wear and deterioration near the brass brim ventilator piece. Eagle finial is near perfect as is the metal front shield.  Metal front shield is nickel plating over brass with applied brass banners which read: FRIENDSHIP 1 BFD. We are uncertain where this helmet originates but possibly from Bloomsburg, PA. A great example of an early American fire helmet. Hard to find any helmet of this vintage in this good of condition.

PRICE $1435.00

LEATHER FIRE HELMET WITH LION


This lightweight leather fire helmet was made by Olson in the 1880/90s. Except for some minor paint loss as you can see in the photos this helmet would rate an overall outstanding condition. Helmet is complete with fabric liner and beautiful brass lion finial. Leather front shield is black with red cutouts and reads: EMPIRE 4 MFD.

We are unsure of where this helmet comes from but can guarantee it’s condition. This is truly a museum quality collectors’ piece.

Price $ 1495.00

HIGH EAGLE LEATHER FIRE HELMET

This light to medium weight fire helmet was made by Cairns of NY in the 1870’s. This is the earliest version of a Cairns helmet you can find. Cairns bought out Gratacap in 1869 and began ventilating their helmets in 1882. This helmet with the paper maker’s label, was made within this period of time. Helmet would rate overall excellent condition with some age wear. Helmet is very strong and sturdy with no wire showing on the brim. Helmet has been repainted a few times over the years but is 99% intact and has a great patina. Cloth leather lining has several period owner’s names written in ink. Also the date of 1875 has been written in the liner as well. Liner has some age staining and minor tearing. Paper Cairns maker’s label is 70% intact as you can see in the photo. Leather eagle is in excellent condition with some wearing to the paint. White leather front shield has red cutouts and reads:

MOORESTOWN HOSE 2 CWS.

The last letters would be the owner’s initials.

A great piece of early fire memorabilia.



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BRASS PRESENTATION TRUMPET


This very fine presentation trumpet has a great shape standing 19 inches tall with an 8 inch diameter bell. Trumpet has nice patina on a brass surface with nickel was on inside. We believe the entire trumpet had a nickel wash but has worn off over the years. As you can see in photos the trumpet has 2 rare and spectacular lion cord mounts. Trumpet has a few minor dents however no stress cracks or structural flaws. Trumpet cord is of military origin dating to 1905. This beautiful 1880s fire trumpet would make a fine addition to any collection or museum.

PRICE $965.00


HIGH EAGLE LEATHER FIRE HELMET


This very nice lightweight leather fire helmet was made by

Oakhall of Boston in 1870s. Helmet is in overall excellent condition with only some age staining and minor tears to the cloth liner. Helmet is in fine original condition and appears to only have had 1 to 2 coats of paint ever. Inside of crown there are remnants of a fabric red star and a paper label with some fancy script writing. Brass finial is also in excellent condition and is of Oakhall. Red leather front shield reads: FRANKLIN 1 LFD. The large number 1 and hook and ladder on the front shield are inset into the letter. We believe this helmet is from Lowell Mass. This helmet would display beautifully in the finest of collections.

PRICE $675.00

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EARLY LEATHER HIGH EAGLE FIRE HELMET


This medium weight leather fire helmet was made by Wilson of New York in the 1870’s. Helmet is very sturdy and sound and would rate overall excellent condition with some minor paint loss and age staining. Helmet is complete with cloth liner which has some very minor tears and age wear. Brass eagle finial has no denting or splitting and is in excellent condition with great patina. The beautiful and rare leather front shield has red cutouts and reads: ASSISTANT-2-FIRE MARSHAL. Fire Marshal helmets are EXTREMELY  rare and hard to find. The age staining on the paint shows classic character and wear. This helmet is “used but not abused”. A quality addition to even the finest fire collection.

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HIGH EAGLE LEATHER FIRE HELMET


This lightweight leather fire helmet was made in the 1890-1910. We believe it was made by Olson of New York due to the brim design. Often the large helmet makers such as Cairns and Olson, would not put a nameplate inside the crown as helmets were sold to regional fire goods sellers. This helmet is in exceptional condition and would rate a 9 and 3/4 on a 10 scale. This helmet appears to have been rarely worn since there are only minor amounts of age staining to the liner and small chips of paint loss. Helmet is very sturdy and sound and near perfect condition. It has the rare 64 comb crown design used in parades. Brass eagle does not have a single dent or split. Leather front shield has red cutouts which read: DENVER-THE-VVFA-COLO. The VVFA would stand for Veteran Volunteer Firemans Association. High eagle helmets from the western United States are extremely hard to find since the population base was so low then and so high now (more collectors). Such a rare helmet and in such pristine condition makes this helmet on top of the “rare” list for collectors. Another plus, is that it fits a 7 and 1/4-3/8 head.  For those of you who like to run around wearing a fire helmet :). I know I do!

was made by Olson of New York in the 1880's.

 Helmet is very sturdy and sound and would rate overall very good to excellent condition.

 Helmet has a very fine



 

EARLY HIGH EAGLE FIRE HELMET

NEW YORK CITY


This medium weight leather fire helmet was made by Olson of New York in the 1880’s. Helmet is very sturdy and sound and would rate an overall very good to excellent condition. Helmet has a very fine shape with no wire showing or problems in any way. Brass eagle has nice patina with no denting or splitting. Cloth liner is 100% intact with only minor age staining. Leather front shield is excellent with a red cutout which reads: VETERAN-VFA and a black cutout which reads: JAMAICA  and finally a dark blue cutout which reads: VFA. As most of you who read this know, the VFA stands for Veteran Firemans Association.

Jamaica is an area in Queens in New York City.

It is our understanding that most of the volunteer fire companies in New York City were disbanded when the department became paid in the 1890’s.

This is one of the finest early New York helmets a collector can own.

This is a very rare and hard to find helmet.

PRICE $1495.00   

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