Fire Department insignia 1890s

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Fire Department insignia 1890s

Post  wfrad on Mon 29 Sep 2014, 9:58 am

Some of these could be mistaken for military badges but are actually from the fireman uniforms and supplies catalogue of M.C. Lilley & Co, Columbus Ohio 1893.
I've touched up two of the badges by adding a little colour, which may be correct or not, it's just to make them a little easier to see.

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Fire Department insignia 1890s

Post  wfrad on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 6:29 am

This page has the price list for the offices badges and shoulder straps.
You could have a pair of straps embroidered in real gold for as little as $5:25.
Notice for example that gold plated metal badges are double the price of fine gilt bullion, and are not far short of double the price of the real gold bullion.


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Post  ChrisF202 on Mon 06 Oct 2014, 8:34 am

Very interesting! Good find.

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