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Object ID # 1962.022.001
Object Name Helmet, Firefighter's
Title Fire Chief's Leather Helmet
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1907
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description Fire Chief's helmet from the EXCELSIOR FIRE DEPARTMENT (1890s-1907, Owen Sound, Ont.). This is a stiff leather and metal item that is painted white with a white and red crest on the front with CHIEF (the letters "I" and "F" are now missing) on top and OSFD on the bottom. There is a quatrefoil, cut out design positioned inbetween the two red areas. There is a gold painted metal leaping lion finial coming from the top of the helmet and it appears to be leaping over the crest. The brim sides are turned upward. There are four ridges on the helmet crown and a metal ring to hang it up affixed to the downwards curved back rim.
Provenance The Excelsior Fire Department were a group of male volunteers between the 1890s-1907, who attended fires before the town of Owen Sound established a paid firefighting department in 1907. The 1907 group of firefighters were called the Owen Sound Fire Department (OSFD).

The book SIRENS ACROSS THE SOUND: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE OWEN SOUND FIRE DEPARTMENT, by John Christie, 2006, has more information about Owen Sound's firefighting history.
Collection Firefighting Equipment Collection
Material Leather/Metal/Paint
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Subjects Fire fighting
Fire helmets
Lions
Search Terms Owen Sound Fire Department

Excelsior Fire Department