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Officer Fireman's Helmet

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A silver-plated nickel officer fireman's helmet of typical Merryweather pattern with the dragon comb over a badge of torchere, crossed axes and entwined hoses. The leather backing to the side-straps worn and tatty, the cloth and leather insert in excellent condition.

Merryweather helmets were used by British fire brigades from the Victorian era until into the 20th century. These 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. They were mainly made of brass, but those belonging to officers, such as this, were of nickel, silver plated. English circa 1900.

9.75 in high

Item Code: 2914

£ 1100

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