Fire Brigade helmet and epaulettes; Merryweather & Sons Firemans Outfitters, Lon...

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Abingdon County Hall Museum

Name/Title

Fire Brigade helmet and epaulettes

About this object

The Fire Brigade uniform consisted of a leather helmet, belt and axe. When it became part of the National Fire Brigades Union in 1901, brass helmets were introduced. This helmet is crested with downswept back and visor, a chain chin-strap and leather inside fixings. The epaulettes - here overlapping scales of chrome and leather - were probably only worn on ceremonial occasions.

Maker

Merryweather & Sons Firemans Outfitters, London

Maker Role

outfitter

Date Made

1901AD, helmet

Date Made

1800-1899, epaulettes

Date Made

Victorian

Place Made

England, London

Place Notes

Used by Abingdon Volunteer Fire Brigade, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.

Place Made

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, used

Place Notes

Used by Abingdon Volunteer Fire Brigade, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.

Medium and Materials

brass / leather / chrome

Style and Iconography

Victorian

Inscription and Marks

'Merryweather & Sons Firemans Outfitters London' on a small plaque located centrally on the underside of the neck guard.

Measurements

Helmet : height 280mm / length 310mm / width 200mm.
Epaulettes : length 120mm / diameter 90mm.

Subject and Association Keywords

helmet

Subject and Association Keywords

epaulettes

Subject and Association Keywords

brass

Subject and Association Keywords

chrome

Subject and Association Keywords

leather

Subject and Association Keywords

19th century

Subject and Association Keywords

uniform

Subject and Association Keywords

law and order

Subject and Association Keywords

fire fighting

Subject and Association Description

Fire was a severe risk to towns with thatched wooden buildings and narrow streets. Ladders and fire buckets were kept in the churches of St. Helen and St. Nicholas where they were always accessible. In 1658 Abingdon had bought its first fire engine (probably a manual pump to fill the buckets) from London for £29.
The Abingdon Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1871. It became part of the National Fire Brigades Union in 1901.

Collection

Abingdon County Hall Museum Collection

Object Type

uniform, fire brigade

Object number

1980.96.838 & 853-3

Copyright Licence  

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Sarah Russell 16 Dec 2015 21:43 PM,UTC

My friend has some Epaulettes that are metal we thought silver they are the same as what's next to the helmet in the picture where can we take them to be valued where she may sell them ?
Many thanks for your help in advance !

Sarah Russell 16 Dec 2015 21:43 PM,UTC

My friend has some Epaulettes that are metal we thought silver they are the same as what's next to the helmet in the picture where can we take them to be valued where she may sell them ?
Many thanks for your help in advance !

A Hughes 14 Sep 2013 11:20 AM,UTC

If the fittings appear "silver", they would be nickel plated brass, used for very senior officer uniforms only. The epaulettes were part of the "Dress" or fire-fighting uniform, worn to fires, not just ceremonial. Regards

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