Antique Fire Helmets

The fire helmet dates back to the 1700s, when leather helmets were first produced. Originally an impractical "stovepipe" shape, fire helmets were redesigned in 1836 by New York City firefighter and hatmaker Henry Gratacap. Gratacap's design, with its domed crown, flat front, and extended rear brim, is still the basic shape of fire helmets today. Around the same time, a New York-based company called Cairns began producing embossed shields that could be mounted on the front of a fire helmet for identification, and the helmet as we know it today was created.

Fire helmet materials have changed as the technology advanced. In the 1920s, lightweight aluminum helmets became popular for a while. However, these failed in practice because aluminum is too good a conductor of heat and electricity, and firefighters went back to the old leather helmets. Fiberglass and thermoplastic finally replaced leather in the 1970s, and under the direction of the National Fire Protection Association, helmets acquired built-in hoods and face shields for extra protection.

One special category of antique fire helmets is presentation helmets. They are called that because they were presented to retiring firefighters. Presentation helmets are a favorite of collectors because they are more ornate and beautiful than regular helmets. They are also usually well cared for and preserved, with none of the wear and tear an ordinary working helmet acquires.

If you're thinking of starting an antique fire helmet collection, it may help to consider specializing at first. You could choose to collect helmets from a specific city or area, from a particular era, or from a certain type of firefighter, such as only chiefs' helmets or only engine company helmets. Take the time to look and think about which antique helmets appeal to you the most, and you'll get more pleasure out of your collection.

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Antique Vintage Rare Pre War ? Chief Fire Fighter Helmet Sheild Rizal City WOW!!
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Antique Brass Fire Helmet Paperweight old patina heavy weight ornate
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Antique Fire Helmet Circa 1920 High Eagle Cairns Aluminum
Antique Fire Helmet Circa 1920 High Eagle Cairns Aluminum $127.50 (2 Bids)
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Antique Fire Helmet Circa 1900 John Olson Lion Finial SFD BEAUTIFUL!!! $1300
Antique Fire Helmet Circa 1900 John Olson Lion Finial SFD BEAUTIFUL!!! $1300 $1,400.00
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Super Rare Showa Antique Japanese Fire Fighter Fireman Helmet & Hat Set
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Super Rare Showa Antique Japanese Fire Fighter Fireman Helmet & Hat & Emblem Set
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Super Rare Showa Antique Japanese Fire Fighter Fireman Helmet Hat Emblem Set
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Rare Showa Antique Japanese Fire Fighter Fireman Sign Emblem Helmet Hat Belt Set
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1960s? VTG Antique Texaco gas oil Chief fire hat helmet toy ART Sign ADVERTISING
1960s? VTG Antique Texaco gas oil Chief fire hat helmet toy ART Sign ADVERTISING $39.99
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FIRE ENGINE ANTIQUE STYLE NEW
 FIRE ENGINE ANTIQUE STYLE NEW $189.00
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Antique Helmet. Fire, Construction Or Miilitary.
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Antique Russian fire helmet
Antique Russian fire helmet $130.00
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ANTIQUE FIRE HYDRANT AXE HELMET TOOL ART STATUE SCULPTURE COPPER BRONZE BOOKENDS
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ANTIQUE EARLY DIVER BRASS DIVING HELMET SUIT POLICE? FIRE? RIVER? CHEST PHOTO
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Antique Fire Helmet
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Antique German Miniature Helmet WW1 Pickelhaube Fire Helmet Inkpot,Inkwell
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Solid Brass Bell Fire Fighter Brigade Fireman Antique Helmet Hat Shape Vintage
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VINTAGE FIREMAN FIREFIGHTER DEPT CO WALL PLAQUE ANTIQUE FIRE TRUCK SHIELD HELMET
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Vintage Antique Finish Fire Man Fire Fighter Fire Chief Helmet with Wood Stand
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Vintage Antique Finishing BOMBA DAN PENYELAMAT Fire Man Helmet with Wood Stand
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