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 New York Fire Helmet & Brooklyn Badge Cairns & Bro.
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Antique CHICAGO FIRE DEPT. Cairns ENGINE 43 fire helmet leather front shield
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Antique CHICAGO FIRE DEPT. Cairns ENGINE 77 fire helmet leather front shield
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Antique Brass Fire Helmet Paperweight old patina heavy weight ornate early 1900s
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Antique Leather Fire Helmet
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ANTIQUE FIRE HYDRANT AXE HELMET TOOL ART STATUE SCULPTURE COPPER BRONZE BOOKENDS
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Antique Cairns & Brothers Fire Firemans Leather Helmet Engine 3 DFD
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BRASS FIREMAN HELMET-FIRE CHIEF OFFICE HELMET-FIREFIGHTER HELMET- ANTIQUE HELM
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ANTIQUE EARLY DIVER BRASS DIVING HELMET SUIT POLICE? FIRE? RIVER? CHEST PHOTO
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Antique Leather Fire Helmet shield
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Antique Brass Fire Helmet Paperweight old patina heavy weight ornate
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Antique France Brass Fire Helmet 19 th. century
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Solid Brass Bell Fire Fighter Brigade Fireman Antique Helmet Hat Shape Vintage
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Antique Miniture Fire Helmet
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BUY BRASS FIREMAN HELMET-FIRE CHIEF OFFICE HELMET-FIREFIGHTER HELMET- ANTIQUE
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Vintage Antique Finish Fire Man Fire Fighter Fire Chief Helmet with Wood Stand
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ANTIQUE METAL SWISS FIRE HELMET
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ANTIQUE WHITE HAVEN PA FIRE COMPANY DRESS PARADE UNIFORM HAT FROM LOCAL ESTATE
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NSW BRASS FIREMAN HELMET-FIRE CHIEF OFFICE HELMET-FIREFIGHTER HELMET- ANTIQUE
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