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    Alright, I was asked the other day about the significance of the raised ornamental decorations on the brim of the helmet. I thought I was versed in the history of the leather helmet, and at the very minimum thought I knew where I could get the answer to this question but I was stumped.

    So, I pose the question, what is the significance of the raised ornamental decorations on the brim of the helmet?

  • #2
    They look pretty.
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    • #3
      Why do firefighters wear suspenders?


      To keep their pants from falling down.



      But honestly, I would say what Kiwi said.
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      • #4
        To show the craftmanship of the helmet maker
        Last edited by NYSmokey; 02-11-2007, 11:53 PM. Reason: didn't read the question properly the first time
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        • #5
          A shiny nickel to the first person that reposts that picture of the beaver-helmet!
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          • #6
            Where's my nickel?
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            • #7
              where do I get one of those?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by adam18 View Post
                where do I get one of those?
                Thefirestore.com
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                • #9
                  The nickel is in the pocket of my inside pair of bunker pants.
                  "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MarcusKspn View Post
                    The nickel is in the pocket of my inside pair of bunker pants.

                    Being held in securely by your two hoods, no doubt.
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                    • #11
                      I typed "leather fire helmet history" into google and this is what I got:

                      http://www.oceancityfools.com/text/helmet_history.html

                      http://www.msafire.com/cairns_history.html

                      http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist/helmet.html
                      Last edited by Ryane1; 02-13-2007, 12:18 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MarcusKspn View Post
                        The nickel is in the pocket of my inside pair of bunker pants.
                        But is it a CANADIAN nickel???!!!!
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                        • #13
                          Well..........

                          If you REALLY want to know everything about Leather Helments, Go dig up Henry Gratacamp. Mr. Gratacamp invented the Leather Helment, back around 1860, in New York. He was a Tailor by trade, and a Volunteer fireman in Manhattan. No, Rick, I wasn't there......
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hwoods View Post
                            If you REALLY want to know everything about Leather Helments, Go dig up Henry Gratacamp. Mr. Gratacamp invented the Leather Helment, back around 1860, in New York. He was a Tailor by trade, and a Volunteer fireman in Manhattan. No, Rick, I wasn't there......
                            well, he might not have been there when it was first made, but rumor is that he was one of the first recipients of the leather helmets......
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